Talking About Depression & Other Mental Health Illnesses

As we near the daylight savings time changes, where we get shorter days with less sunlight, I am reminded each morning as I have to fight to even move from my bed that this season sucks badly for me. Each time Fall comes and then Winter, my complete being wants to just sleep. I could classify it as a mild case of depression, that is strictly induced by lack of sunlight. I really hate dealing with this each year, and every time I get older, the harder it is. This year I will be turning 33 years old and it […]

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Parenting Autism

I tell you it is a relief to have a diagnosis that fits for my eight year old son, but it doesn’t make parenting any easier. Having a special needs child, that doesn’t need special education isn’t easy. Also, having a disability that isn’t really a physical disability, is difficult as a parent. More often than not, I find myself making excuses for my son, really it’s not excuses, it’s honesty. You see, there is a wide range of uneducated people in our society who have not a clue about disabilities that are invisible to the naked eye. As a […]

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Getting a Social Worker Degree Means Helping Others

Can you name something better than working to help people find homes, to find a way to eat and to work to better themselves into becoming an integral part of society no matter what unfortunate cards they may have been dealt? The answer should be that there are very few things better than helping those in need. The oppressed, the downtrodden and the unfortunate are the kind of individuals whom social workers work with every single day. They ensure that no person should have to live in a despairing situation without some sort of hope. With 15 percent of the […]

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My Son has had Amazing Progress #autism

I seriously am so happy about this autism diagnosis for my son Aj, while many may wonder why I feel that way, because no one wants to have a child that may struggle, but seriously? Aj is probably the most well rounded, honest children I have ever met. Aj says what he means and he means what he says. Aj looks at the world in such a simple manner that he is teaching me more and more each day. I just love spending time listening and talking with Aj, he has been medicine free since January 20, 2014 and it […]

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I Choose Me

I watch as you head down a path that I have seen before. I sit back and shake my head in worry over what is going to happen to you. I wonder if there is anything I can do. Then I realize …. I cannot break me to help you anymore. I cannot live a life where my inner peace is being challenged with every moment. I cannot handle watching you make decisions that continue on a path of dark. Then I realize … I can lead a happy life, I can make things better. For me. I can choose […]

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Where Did People Come From Mama?

I am a huge advocate of showing our kids the various beliefs in our world, to the best of my abilities, so when we were sitting down to read our bedtime story and Aj asked; “Where did people come from? Like how did the first person get on this Earth, Mama?” I paused. Then I had to figure a way to answer, “well buddy, there are a lot of different beliefs. Some believe God created the first humans, but others feel it’s more science based.” Aj says, “yeah like we started somehow from little bugs, but how does that happen, […]

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It All Starts With Repeating The Lessons you Teach

As  parent we all want to ensure that our children are growing up to be a respectful part of society, but what happens when you are raising a child with autism high functioning who doesn’t comprehend empathy or compassion? I think we all can agree that having compassion and empathy are important skills to function in society, right?! The question is, how can we teach these skills to children who don’t pick up on social ques in the ways the rest of us do? I am not sure how you teach it or how you have worked with your autistic […]

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My Little Technology Monster so-to-speak #AutismAwareness

As we move further into the month, I am still talking about Autism Awareness because well it’s important alongside many other topics, but this is the one I am learning the most about this month with the recent DX of my son. Today, I discuss the technology addiction my son has always had and was easily confused in the beginning with an ADHD type of child. Aj has always loved electronics, video games could have easily ruled his world back in the younger days, ages 2-5. Then he got older, he learned about MineCraft and YouTube. Most days you will […]

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What Autism Means to Me #autismawareness

April is Autism Awareness month. A time to celebrate, educate and learn to have more acceptance for those children and adults living each day in a world I know little about how to relate to. It’s difficult being a parent, I am sure, to an autistic child. From what I’ve learned thus far, it’s a broad spectrum and no two autistic people are alike. If you are an every day reader of my blog, you may have followed along my life in regards to my now seven year old son, Aj. If not, you can catch up, but there’s a […]

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You Need to Separate From your Son

Prior to the diagnosis of Autism this past week, we met with Aj’s counselor. I say Aj’s counselor but really he helps my ex husband and I to move forward with Aj and occasionally he does play a game to interact with Aj, overall he is more there to ensure we are keeping up with the parenting techniques that work for Aj. While I will tell you that I would highly recommend Aj’s counselor, I was left feeling jaw dropped at an appointment we had about a month ago. Here’s what happened… On this particular visit the emotional connection between […]

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