Tag: autism

Autism and first times: the first day of school (again)

This week, the first day of things to come arrived, and I relinquished my control over one of the most important aspects of my life. On Wednesday, it was Mini Man’s first day of school. Again. Aside from five days in April, I have spent every waking moment with Mini Man since I removed him... Read more »

Being a stepfamily is like being a witch... An' it harm none, do what thou will.

  I’m harbouring a secret. One that many people who we meet every day doesn’t know, yet the guys and girls who consistently rifle through my life every time I pass through the British and American borders do. I’m a digamist. Yes, that IS legal Also known as a deuterogamist, please don’t go mistaking my... Read more »

Autism parenting and friendships

Is it weird that I joined a moms club, but am not really interested in taking part in activities that the club organises during the children’s waking hours? Nope. Not to me anyway! Why? Because I joined a moms club, not a co-op crèche, or a kids club. Moms club. For moms who want to... Read more »

A chat with my sixteen year old self

When I was 16, I had pretty much figured out my life. I knew. Everybody else knew. What did we know? Nothing. I drifted along happily, absolutely clueless and without any inkling that, in the space of ten years, my life would change dramatically. Life changed for the worse, but I changed for the better.... Read more »

Autism and haircuts

There comes a time when a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do. Whether or not your child likes what that thing is, you just have to take the screams, and the tantrums while you try your best to avoid flying limbs, heads or ear splitting screams. So what did I do to Mini... Read more »

Autism, and jet lag

Good morning! Not that I can consider it as such. The time is merely 3:46 am, and I am up, listening to Mini Man babble as he plays. This is the third morning of early rising, and I can’t even joke that Mini Man is solar powered. It’s that early even the sun doesn’t want... Read more »

Flying with children is my super power.

Thanks to the previously long distance nature of my relationship with TH – I have become almost pro at flying with children. In fact; tomorrow’s flight will be the children’s fourth in just a little over two weeks! And eighth in two years. It has taken some planning and I guess I’m lucky – but... Read more »

Autism, and the redundant Tooth Fairy

Following in the theme of first times, we have recently entered a new milestone. It’s time to say goodbye to Mini Man’s milk teeth as they are gradually replaced by the new, stronger kind that will last him through his adult years. Wow, my little guy is growing up! I guess that means I will... Read more »

Autism and first times: talking

Ever since we received Mini Man’s Autism diagnosis three years ago, several things about the future have worried me. How will he do among his peers at school? How will he cope with necessary changes to our lives, and his structure? He took to the socialising aspect so easily, with his friends all looking out... Read more »