Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Unless you have a narcissistic personality disorder, most people go about their lives and have a level of reasonable personal pride. It can be pride in their career, pride in material objects, pride in people they know. I don’t have any of that. I only have one true, true piece of pride.
My son is the kindest soul, the most helpful without complaint. He wants so badly to make people around him happy and proud. In fact, 80% of the progress he has made hasn’t been because of personal gain. He’s worked that hard because he wants us to be happy.
He’s worked for years and we have been blessed. He has begun speaking. We were told a year ago he wouldn’t. Well, they were wrong. He can and he does.
If such a person grew inside me for nine months, has part of my DNA, and is who he is - I take pride in that. It’s actually hard for me to take compliments on what sort of mother I am. I usually reply with “Thank you so much, but he’s the one who deserves praise. He’s the one who worked this hard”, and all of that is true., but part of that did come from me- and for that I am proud.
Monday, April 2, 2018
I’m so appreciative of Autism Awareness Day and Month. It reminds lots of people of what we fight for every day. What we will fight for every day for the rest of our lives.
A long, endless fight.
We get knocked down over and over again.
We stumble, fall, stumble, fall, and then we finally grab something to hold onto and we get back up.
Tired, we fight.
Sad, we show smiles to our children.
Angry, we try to be calm.
Desperate, we pray.
God bless every single person out there who is fighting.
We may light it up, but we refuse to be blue 😊💗
Thursday, February 8, 2018
I’m so excited to post that “All About Boog” has made Action Behavior Centers Top 35 Autism Blogs of 2018 list!
I am honored that my little blog has been noticed. ”All About Boog” began as a way for me to express my feelings and fear of having a child with an Autism diagnosis. Over the last five years it has evolved into a place of real life and honesty.
I’m so glad people read my blog because I don’t sugarcoat being a parent of a child with Autism. Sometimes it’s rough, sometimes amazing - and I think reading the truth of it gives others comfort. I want readers to know that their feelings are valid and most importantly - that they are not alone.
Action Behavior Centers are located in Texas and assist families with children on the Autism Spectrum. They provide one-on-one ABA therapy; which can make improvements in verbal and nonverbal communication, life skills and behavioral challenges. In other words - they’re a one stop shop providing exactly what children with Autism require to reach their full potential and live as independently as possible.
Thank you again Action Behavior for the recognition, but more importantly - thank you for all that you do for children with Autism.
-Boog’s Very Happy & Very Humble Mommy
Friday, January 26, 2018
Julia is the new character on Sesame Street and she has Autism. Her videos show kids how to make friends and understand others with ASD.
If you haven’t already, check out this link for coloring pages, videos and more, all about Julia:
Sesame Sreet - Meet Julia
It’s really fantastic and I was so happy to see Julia merchandise on zulily. We got the personalized blanket that is great for boys or girls 😊
Sweet Dreams Personalized Pillowcase
Sweet Dreams Personalized Fuzzy Blanket
Julia Personalized Backpack
Pink Personalized Julia Tutu Tee
Julia & Friends Personalized Pink Pencil Case
Sesame Steet also has some great books about acceptance:
Just One You! Hardcover Book
We’re Different - We’re the Same Hardcover Book
Please support Sesame Street because little ones who understand Autism grow up to become adults who understand. That’s how we cultivate and grow acceptance.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Most of my blogging is about having a child with special needs, but I think way beyond the current time frame often. Why just worry about today when you can worry about YEARS in the future! 🙄
Finding stories of successful adults living with a disability always warms my heart. You don’t find them very often, likely because these people are busy living adult lives.
I ran across this post about a young man with cerebral palsy moving out of his parents’ home and living independently. It’s a great way to gain insight on how it feels to finally do things with no assistance.
I think the writer, Spencer Williams, is incredibly brave and I appreciate him sharing such a personal time in his life. It really removes some of my “future worry” and replaces it with something much better - hope.
Living Alone is Awesome, Even With My Disability.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Most of the moms I meet sty at home with their kids. If possible, it’s usually very beneficial for a special needs child to have a parent with the time to handle about 10 million things.
Working towards goals at home that foster independence
Activities that are both entertaining and beneficial
Hours of doing your own research so you’ll be well-versed enough to ask the right questions and make the right decisions
Preparing for every aspect of the future
Food (maybe even special diet a or restrictions)
Taking care of them if they’re sick
And those are just the tasks I thought of in about 3 minutes.
I talk with many mothers who had no intention of staying at home. Moms like me with degrees and careers that had to suddenly stop. You go to school for years, get that job, know who you are and then BAM. None of that degree matters. Graduated with honors? No point. Made a great paycheck? It’s gone. Those positive performance evaluations? Nope. It all means nothing. You did all that - for nothing.
Why? Because you are a stay at home mother.
We are so busy trying to fight stereotypes for our children we don’t have time to fight the stereotype we have. People actually think we have it made. Days not having to do much, binge watching Netflix shows and more than enough time to cook and clean.
That. Is. Complete. BS.
I’ve never come across an article that explains this life changing situation as well as the following post by Karen Schravemade in her blog, A House Full of Sunshine:
VANISHING ACTS: FOR THE STAY-HOME MUM WHO FEELS INVISIBLE
Read it, bookmark it to read again later, and pass it along to the other moms you meet that feel the exact same way.
We are important
We have value
Keep that damn chin up,