“What should we get the boy for Christmas?” Another year, same phone call. It’s not an unusual question to get from grandparents, whether your kid is autistic or not. Of course with my neurotypical boy, the answer’s easy: anything Power Rangers, Lego, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, or Black Panther-related is going to be a hit. With my autistic boy, though? That one’s a little tougher. Part … Continue reading Having Himself a Merry Little Autistic Christmas
Didn’t we JUST get through the holidays? I could swear I just got all the holiday decorations packed up and put back in the garage. Of course as fast as I work, that’s not a real good indicator of how much time has actually passed since the last go round of holiday hullabaloos. So here we are again, getting geared up for another marathon month … Continue reading A Spectrum of Feasting
I’d love to be able to say that I can go any significant amount of time without feeling like I’m completely failing as a parent. Some of it is depression, some of it is anxiety, and a lot of it is simply the fact that I can’t give my family everything that I wish that I could. Expensive vacations. A huge house. Top of the … Continue reading When You Feel Like You’re Failing
I’ve been struggling with this one lately, boys. See, I know I’m responsible for teaching you what it means to be men. Problem is that I’ve been on this spinning blue ball for over 40 years now, and I don’t know that I’ve got it completely figured out myself. Based on what I see around me lately, I’m not sure anyone else does, either. What … Continue reading What Defines A Man?
Maybe you saw it coming. Maybe the idea never even crossed your mind. Either way, your child has just been diagnosed. So where do you start? By taking a deep breath, and not doing anything. Don’t start reading pamphlets. Don’t start calling therapists. For the love of God, DON’T JUMP ON-LINE. Go home and take a moment to remember everything you knew about your baby the day … Continue reading When Your Child Is Diagnosed Autistic – First Step
DISCLAIMER: It’s not that I’ve been the victim of parent shaming, per se. It’s more that I’ve just had enough of parents being ugly to each other. Before we even get started, why yes – yes I do kiss my kids with this mouth. If you’re feeling a bit defensive after reading this title, it may be because you often find yourself dispensing what you … Continue reading To All Those Unmitigated, Parent-Shaming Douche Nozzles
My boy had a rough time this morning. Allergy season always takes a heavy toll on him, but we’re usually able to get him back on his feet through judicious application of Zyrtec and Benadryl. That apparently isn’t going to be enough this year, with the pollen counts reaching in the quadrillions. This meant a trip to the pediatrician and a request for the only … Continue reading To Those Who Are Kind