Category: Special Needs Parenting

Governor Rauner: After School MATTERS

Dear Governor Rauner: I get it that our state of Illinois is bankrupt. I get it that it is important to live within our means, as a state, but I am begging you, if that should be necessary, to leave the After School Matters program alone. For those readers who are not familiar with the... Read more »

10 Great Things That Happened After My Son's Rampage

Those of you who know me are aware of the 12 year long hardships my husband, Martin, and I have endured with our adopted son with severe behavior disorder. Those who read my last blogJust Another Day with My Son with an Invisible Disabilitygot a small glimpse of the sorts of challenges we face on... Read more »

Just Another Day with My Son with An Invisible Disability

Monday, February 2, Groundhog Day, was a snow day for all school children in the Chicagoland area. The storm dumped more snow on the area than was originally forecast…a lot more snow. When it finally stopped after about 36 hours, there was over 19 inches of snow. This turned out to be the 5th largest... Read more »

Dear Governor Rauner, Illinoisians Need Medical Marijuana

Dear Governor Rauner, For some inexplicable reason, now former Governor Quinn left medical marijuana users high and dry. (Did you see what I did there?) After 6 years of dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s, with applicants waiting for the green light to go forward with opening medical marijuana clinics, Governor Quinn... Read more »

The Sting of Being "Unfriended" on Facebook

You always remember your first time…no, not THAT first time…the first time you were “unfriended” on Facebook. As far as I know, this is my first time. If this has happened in the past, I wasn’t aware of it. I would imagine that your first time is the most painful and that it gets easier... Read more »

Dear Gamestop: Take Pity On Us Clueless Parents

My 14 year old son has coveted an xBox system since he was 8. The way he tells it, every other kid in the entire Universe has an xBox, except for him. Boo hoo! I’m playing violins for him. I have refused to buy him one because he watches too many screens already and the... Read more »

Your Daily Bread Might Just Contain RoundUp Weed Killer

Are you aware of the fact that it is “business as usual” for American farmers to spray their wheat crops with Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer BEFORE IT IS HARVESTED???? The likelihood is that anyone who eats bread manufactured in this country is also eating weed killer. I know! I couldn’t believe it, either. Holy Guacamole!... Read more »

Thinking Outside The Box When Holiday Plans Change

I wrote this post 3 years ago and I liked it so much that I decided to post it again now that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Volunteerism is a wonderful gift to share with your child. My son with special needs can’t handle uncertainty or a change in plans.  There was the horrendous... Read more »

The Great Homework Debate

The most frightening word in the English language in our household is “homework.” My adopted son with special needs is a very bright child, but he hates to do homework at home. He’ll do it at school, just not at home. As far as he is concerned, six hours of school work is quite enough,... Read more »

I Traded The Theatre Life for The Mommy Life

Before our now teenage son was born, my husband, Martin, was a stage actor. In fact, the last show he performed in was “A Christmas Carol” at the old Goodman Theatre in 2000. He played 2 minor characters; Percy, the party twit and the School Master. Once he got to play the ghost of Jacob... Read more »