Right after this pic, I dropped my vanilla lavender latte and just stood there looking at it splashed all over my shoes and the sidewalk.
My first thought was “ugh, I can’t believe I wasted my money”. (I’ve always been frugal.)
My second thought was “The barista told me to have an awesome Monday. Well, that’s not happening”.
My third thought was “I’m not going to let this ruin my day and start my week off wrong. I’m going back inside and I’m ordering another one.” (Pssst... this should’ve been my first thought, not third.)
I returned to the coffee shop and the barista had already seen what happened. He had my second drink almost ready by the time he asked me “did you have a little spill”.
His kindness of helping me through a little bump in my Monday turned my entire day around. Kindness is a superpower.
I thanked him several times, probably too many times. (Awkward!) I bet he still has know...
Dear Special Needs Moms,
You've been to the support groups and you've researched for hours upon hours on how to make things better for your family.
You sit in the room, listening to other moms, the expert doctor or the IEP team and you think "there has to be more".
You go home to your family and there's still a little piece of you thinking "nobody gets us".
Until now... WE GET YOU!
You are EXTRAORDINARY!
You refuse to settle for yourself and your family, no matter how many labels or limitations others try to put on you.
You are determined to not live less fully just because you're a special needs family.
You just found your people, here, in the EXTRAORDINARY Moms Mastermind.
You don't have be isolated. You don't have to be broke. You don't have to miss out on building the life you've been dreaming of, but have been almost too afraid to share.
I grew up as a special needs sibling and became a special needs mom. I've broken the boundaries of "average" and built a life that makes...
When people meet my daughters, they know instantly that they are so very different from each other. You can see it on their faces, as they're about to launch into the air at Mall of America at Nickelodeon Universe.
One is looking down and talking herself through the next steps. The other is looking up with pure anticipation of the rush.
One is analytical. One loves the gray areas.
One sees adventure in the unknown. One needs all the details.
One loves the flow of a lazy day. One craves structure.
Their differences are a big reason why we travel. Why we go out of our comfort zone. Why we make them both push their limits with new experiences.
There are so many times that I wasn't sure we could conquer the next adventure as a special needs family, but somehow we always found a way. We practiced. We gathered the tools. We did the work to create the fun!
My "job" is to help you, the special needs parent, the teacher, the therapist, write an awesome IEP to help a...
If you sit at an IEP table, this checklist is for you! Parents, teachers, therapists and support team members... you can all use this tool for your next IEP meeting!