The stages of special needs parenting.

I find it interesting that people associate the stages of special needs parenting with the same steps of those who are grieving a loss. Yes, I can see how there is a similarity.  But, I also see big differences. In death there is finality.  When parenting a special needs child, there is movement, change and then

Can my child get a job and keep or still get disability benefits?

Can a person, with a disability, work and still receive benefits? This is the question I have asked for a few month now. It seems it is possible. Yet, it seems only possible, if you understand all the complicated criteria and restrictions.  I recently contacted a local social worker for assistance and she sent me the following information.   Thanks

Today I hate……..And that’s OK

Today is one of those days. It’s a day the ugly disorder sticks its head up and reminds me that Mel does have Spina Bifida. She is different, disabled and ……. These days come and go as do the moments of life. Some days are better than others. I can describe it kind of like a

High School to College – Transitional Links

As Mel is moving from high school to college in a less than 2 years, I am constantly on the lookout for information to help make this transition successful.  All her life, I have sought to be a few years ahead of the game.  When she was enrolling in daycare, I was focused on kindergarten.  When

Friendships Between Three and Nine Years of Age

Friends, how do we define? It is something we all wish for ourselves and for our kids. Friendships, what could I do to help my child, my different child, have and be a friend? This blog has taken the longest to formulate as it pinpoints major transitional changes that mattered to me.  That I felt

The Middle School Years….Time To Set The Long Term Goals

Transitions happen all the time.  Middle school was the time to sit back and think.  Do we really need to do every single activity in Texas. Does that make it better?  North Texas has so much to offer but it was time to let my girl lead.  To see a few options visit ( or or

My Thougths About Blogging Today

Ok, so I’m not really sure where this will go but I can find all this information on the web from parents of younger kids and pages for adults to exchange information but very little on transitioning from high school to college or work when your child has a disability.  Especially if the child is only receiving 504