Respect is a wonderful thing. It forms the foundation of how my family tries to live our lives. We respect one another, we respect our individual autonomy, we respect ourselves (even though sometimes that one is hard to remember to do, at least for me). And what it means for us is that we value […]
Naomi is an advocate for inclusion and intersectionality. She is an autistic mother of three, one of whom is also autistic. Her passions are gardening, crochet, feminism, sustainability, and the apparently odd notion that all children deserve love and acceptance for who they are.
Entries by Naomi
The internet has been a massive boon to me. I’m a bit (ha!) of an introvert, and I like to hermit at home. I’m isolated from friends both by distance – I live rurally – and by having an extremely small circle of people I’m comfortable with and that I share common interests with. I […]
Some of the most common reactions to the neurodiversity movement I see online revolve around who the movement is about, and who it applies to. About how it portrays autistic people and autism in general, about how it reflects the lives of autistics, and the people who may care for them. It is a common […]
I’m an autistic woman. I have a long history of depression, and some hefty anxiety issues. Combine that with my sensory processing issues and some periodic insomnia, and it means that in addition to NinjaGirl’s stuff we need to find ways of accommodating my stuff that makes the family work. It’s a balancing act that we don’t always […]
It’s heard a lot in parenting circles – especially from parents of children who have extra needs, or require higher levels of care than other children. This idea that those children are here to teach us lessons about something. Or that there is a “higher purpose” for their “suffering” (child or parent, you can take […]
Sleep is a dirty word here at times. Usually, there is not enough of it happening, or it is happening at odd times of the day. Both NinjaGirl (5yrs) and I have our own sleep stuff going on – she often wakes at about 2am, I often can’t get to sleep until about….2am. They generally […]