Category Archives: parenting autistic children

Summer vacation, take 2.

OK, here’s the thing.  Summer vacation?  Haven’t had one yet.  With the whole Hallee going viral thing, we seriously haven’t been able to do a darned thing with the exception of a few hours on the lake for the 4th of July.  Beach?  No.  Vacation away from town?  No.  Grandparents in NJ?  No.  It’s been very […]

Will we be able to stay in Maine?

A few days ago, Dawn Gagnon wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News about a family with a 19 year old autistic son named Michael.  Michael, like my daughter Hallee, is autistic.  Michael’s parents are moving out of Maine in order to provide their son with the support and opportunities he needs that aren’t available […]

Hairless legs, oral surgeons and the joys of Armpit Night.

Being the mom of teen and  ‘tween girls, even without the autism factor thrown in there, can be enough to make a grown woman cry trying.  There are days, like today, where all of life’s little stresses all pig-pile on top of each other and you have two choices.  You can either laugh, or you […]

Light it up whatever color you want. I won’t be joining you.

April 2nd is the beginning of Autism Awareness Month.  Yaaaaay…awareness, right?  No.  I’m very aware of autism and all of the heartbreaking crap that goes along with it.  I don’t need awareness.  No one in my daughter’s family or circle needs awareness.  We taught that class, road that train, got the t-shirt, thank-you-very-much.  I don’t […]

I found myself in a hairy situation.

Ask any parent of an autistic child about getting their kid’s hair cut and be ready for some epic eye-rolling, chest-clutching and possibly some weeping.  I’m sure that out there somewhere in the world, there’s an autistic kid who doesn’t mind getting their lid done, but I’ll be damned if I’ve ever met one. I […]

Top 5 reasons that I hate snow days.

Who doesn’t love snow days?  As a kid you wait with bated breath..prayed under your covers..”Please God, please God, please God let there be no school”.  You’d listen to the radio for school cancellations and when you heard your school’s name you’d do a victory lap around the livingroom.  (No?  Just me again?)  BUT.  As […]

Just keep swimming.

Some days I sing Dory’s refrain, “Just keep swimming” to myself when I’m feeling overwhelmed.  What?  I like Finding Nemo.  It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re an autism parent.  Meetings, appointments, doctor’s appointments, schedules.  It’s a never ending loop than can catch you, drag you under and flip you end over end, just […]

Wait, I’m not ready!

The last week of summer vacation.  Facebook is fillled with staged photos of parents jumping for joy when the little terrors darlings climb back aboard the yellow-bus-of-freedom once more.  Now typically, I’d be cackling and counting down the days with the rest of the over-tired, had enough Mamas out there, but this year I’m….not.  Wait…what? […]

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N…in the north woods.

Oh Cheeky Monkeys…what an adventure I’ve had.  Know where I went?  Noooo….not shopping, not couponing and not racing my little Volvo from one end of Bangor to the other (because I would never drive too fast anyway…hi Bangor PD!) looking for the best deals!  Because I was onnnnn……………………VACATION!  What?  Who does that?  Crazy rich people with […]