It’s comforting to hear from other people who have been where you are. These five blogs offer honest, insightful and straightforward accounts of what it’s like to raise a child with Learning Differences. Some even offer a little wisdom too. Enjoy!
“On raising a son on the autism spectrum, progressive politics, pop culture, and coffee addiction.”
MOM-NOS writes candidly about her life and her son, Bud. Her stories and anecdotes can bring a sense of comfort and familiarity to new families who are feeling lost in the world of raising a child with autism. Especially helpful are MOM-NOS’ posts which include information about her IEP team – offering insight into what having a successful team of parents, educators and service providers can look like in the process of educating a child with Learning Differences.
“Parenting a child with mental illness”
Christina Halli writes about her son, Bob, and the realities of parenting a child with bipolar disorder and social anxiety disorder. She goes into detail in her posts about diagnoses, Bob’s stay in a psychiatric hospital, dealing with school refusal, and talking to Bob’s siblings about his mental illness. Christina deals with the tough stuff— the stuff that many parents feel afraid to talk about due to the stigma associated with mental illness. But Christina and Bob’s stories are real, common, and deserve attention. Blogs like Life with Bob are a step in the right direction for awareness and acceptance in the Learning Differences community.
“Remember that every child, able or challenged, has a gift to bear.”
Gina and Patricia are sisters on an Imperfect Mission. Calling themselves the “Shut Up Sisters”, the two moms of kids with special needs/Learning Differences wrote a book: Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children. The sisters are funny and straightforward in their writing and blog. They are working to move away from society’s obsession with perfection to a place where parents of kids who are different learn to celebrate their children’s differences.
“Parenting Isn't Pretty . . . but it's usually good for a laugh.”
This one isn’t so much a blog, but a writer. Terri Mauro is the Special Needs Expert at About.com and the blogger at Mamatude.Blogspot.com. I found her writing through feedly, a tool I use to catch relevant articles and information via RSS feeds all over the web. Terri Mauro had a fantastic list of special needs resources. Terri and her husband adopted two children from Russia in the 90s, a girl with language-related learning disabilities and a boy with fetal alcohol effects. Both of Terri’s children are grown up now and “surviving nicely”, while Terri continues to write about all things special needs for About Parenting.
“The ugly, honest, infuriating road on parenting children with mental illness”
Alissa of Angry Mama works two jobs and cares for her five children, Noah, Tyler, Samuel, Madilyn and Breanna. Alissa has been working on her blog since March 2013, and has run the gamut of topics. She blogs about everything in her and her children’s worlds, from adoption to IEPs. Alissa’s kids struggle with anxiety disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, reactive attachment disorder . . . Alissa’s blog reflects the complexity of getting help and services for kids with challenging Learning Differences, in an honest, difficult way. Her posts are truthful to her family’s experience and important as society begins to recognize the realities of raising challenging children.
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