Parenting


Pixar’s Inside Out and The Special Needs Universe

July 4th weekend I took myself to see Pixar’s Inside Out, the animated film about, of all things, how feelings work. (For a non-special needs oriented take on this subject, see my post on The Couples ToolKit.) The main characters are Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. Joy is Amy Poehler – funny fun and… Read the Rest Of This Article

Independence Farm Interview: 10/4/13

The Abridged Version: Independence Farm a transitional residence for males with moderate learning challenges in East Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, invited me to do an interview for their blog on my book, This Crazy Quilt: Parenting Adult Special Needs One Day At A Time. I was excited and flattered by their interest. As usual, nothing… Read the Rest Of This Article

Special Needs Elf & A Fire Disaster Averted: 12-6-12

An Ashy Pall: My daughter allocated Monday as her Christmas shopping with mom day. I showed up at the apartment almost on time and saw that the staff mini-van had not returned from dropping the apartment-mate at the DSO. Since I am on the lease and have the key, I entered the apartment. Just as… Read the Rest Of This Article

The Delights of Difference: 11-06-11

Pride To The Sky: Yesterday our son and his boyfriend joined day two of our daughter’s birthday celebration. The young men took the train from the city and we all drove to the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut to see In The Heights and catch up with their high school buddy who is in the… Read the Rest Of This Article

Giardia and Feral Cats: 10-24-11

Smart Girl: I caught up with our daughter at last when she called me yesterday around 2:30 P.M. as I was on route with my son to help him move into his new apartment/closet on 15th Street in N.Y.C. The young lady surfaced at last to give me her view of her tour of ROAR,… Read the Rest Of This Article

Part of The Process, Not The Solution: 10-7-11

Epilogue: Last evening at 9:15 I called my daughter’s cell phone to find out how her SPHERE rehearsal went, and if she felt O.K. about being there. As there was no answer, I called the CRS (Continuous Support Services) apartment phone line, knowing the staff person likely would answer. And she did. Her first words… Read the Rest Of This Article

Oldies but Goodies: Parenting Adult Special Needs: One Day At A Time

Jill is taking a break from her daily posts tonight and tomorrow night, so since it’s Rosh Hashanah and the start of a new year, we thought it was a great time to revisit the very first Parenting Adult Special Needs: One Day At A Time post from March 30, 2011. Excerpt: Your Child Is… Read the Rest Of This Article

Our First Separation: 8-20-11

A Weekend Away: We left the area for the first time since our daughter took residence in her adult independent living abode. Yesterday afternoon my husband and I headed for his home state of Maine. Our daughter had virtually no reaction, certainly no concern. Her only request was that we purchase a stuffed chocolate lab… Read the Rest Of This Article

The Strangeness Of Proximity: 6-29-11

Dad Visits The Apartment: Last night, for the first time, our daughter’s dad visited her soon to be new home. We set the trip mileage to zero and drove to the next town. Nine miles, eighteen minutes without traffic, between home and future abode. The tour went well and our daughter was proud to show… Read the Rest Of This Article