Friday, January 26, 2018

Spotted Some Sesame Street!

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.

-Boog’s Mommy

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Independence Day(s)

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.

Thanks Spencer!!!

Living Alone is Awesome, Even With My Disability.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Stay at Home Momming - It Ain’t Easy

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
Dentist appointments
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:


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 work
We have value

Keep that damn chin up,
Boog’s Mommy

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