Category: Family

Confessions of a special needs mom

Welp, Mother’s Day is fast approaching. I used to hate Mother’s Day, but now I don’t. In celebration of this blessed Hallmark card buying, excessive chocolate partaking, flower giving event, I thought I would confess to all the weird things that I have done to keep some semblance of my own sanity while parenting my... Read more »

It's National Infertility Awareness Week; our journey to parenting through adoption

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week and those of you currently going through this heartbreaking ordeal need to know that you are not alone. Our roller coaster ride of infertility is now a distant memory since at the end it, we were able to adopt a beautiful baby boy in 2000. We had 18... Read more »

How I recently taught my old geezer husband how to use a computer

Apparently, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks…although it takes a very long time and a shitload of patience. My husband, Martin, a very smart, funny, talented, yet shy man has avoided using a computer…until a few months ago. Hell, he could barely use his cellphone…or email. The good thing about having his smart... Read more »

Here's what I gave up parenting my special needs child, but here's what I got back

Never been there with our son We have never been to Disneyland or Disneyworld. In fact, we have never been on a family vacation. The closest that we came to a family vacation was winning a weekend hotel stay at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Chicago. It turned out to be a horrible nightmare. When... Read more »

Parental Oversharing: How much is too much?

As many of you know, I have a 14 year old adopted son whom we adopted when he was 2 days old. As a result of the trauma of being adopted, he has displayed many behaviors that have caused our family unit a great deal of stress. Now, there’s an understatement. Over the years, I... Read more »

I Used To Have A Braverman Kind of Family

My Mom was one of 6 children. Her Mother was 17 when she had her first child and 42 when she had the last one. One of the 6 died at age 20 due to pneumonia. It was almost like there were 2 families. The first 4 children were fairly close together; then there was... Read more »