There’s been plenty of times I’ve decided I’m having a bad day and it’s barely 7am. I’m a neurodivergent parent of neurodivergent children in a world that doesn’t sync well with our kind. It’s not hard to decide you’re having a bad day by 7am. But it’s not useful to make the call that the day […]
Some nights, I am filled with resistance. I feel it tugging at me as my 5 year old autistic son pushes back the world hard as the day nears to an end and he is weary of it. I am weary too and each request he makes of me feels like he is cornering me […]
I’m hoping that I am not the only parent who some days feels a little terrified when they take their children grocery shopping, to a doctors appointment, or another public place where children are supposed to behave in certain angelic ways. Eeeeeeeek!
My children are neurodivergent and so they find new environments with lots of people, certain smells, fluorescent lights, and other new sensory experiences very stressful.
I want to introduce you to my son. Five feet seven inches with dark chocolate skin, even darker eyes, and the sweetest smile you’ve ever seen. He doesn’t say a whole lot, but when he has something to say you can tell he has carefully chosen his words. He feels deeply; he’s the child who, […]
I love to travel. I need to travel. I am privileged to be able to do so on a regular basis. My neurodivergent family has been privileged to take several trips, domestic and international. For us, I’ve found two keys to success: flexibility and leaving all expectations at home. I travelled a fair amount before […]
It seems to be a common occurrence for autistic people to be rejected in some way by their families, shortly after coming out as autistic. In discussions with my autistic friends, we try and figure out why this is. What changes for our families when they know that we are autistic? What changes so dramatically, […]