Welcome to 31 Days of Random Reflections on Raising and Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs!
Unlike my other 31-day series, this series is compiled for me. I do hope you return to read just the same, but expect a different set of articles. Rather than my typical academic “how-to” posts, you’ll get a fresh [and raw] look into my heart, spirit, and life.
Just like you, my mind doesn’t stop. Over the years, I’ve collected random ideas that mostly sit on scrap bits of paper. Sometimes, in a moment where the thought is so compelling, I record a short audio clip on my phone for fear I may forget. Other times, I quickly save an idea in an electronic “note to self”. There are times I compose a polished article, but never hit publish.
This series is meant for me because I want a place to store all of those casual, non-related insights in one organized spot.
“Random” in the title means that some of the reflections are:
Some should probably never see the light of day.
But, I’m taking this risk in the hopes that even one tiny thought might:
- encourage you
- inspire you
- help you
- push you
to go further and stay the course longer.
Some reflections are:
- the occassional piece of advice
All are honest testaments of the journey I am on.
Won’t you join me?
31 Days of Random Reflections on Raising and Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs
Day 1: The Day I Realized I Am No Longer Just a Mom, but a Caregiver, Too
Day 2: We Are All Someone Else’s “Worse”
Day 3: I Don’t Mind the Stares and Questions. Really.
Day 4: Don’t Call Me “Amazing Mother”
Day 5: What Opening Up a Can of Worms Can Reveal About Where You Are on Your Journey
Day 6: What You Don’t See in This Photo
Day 7: My Vision for a Healing Healthcare System
Day 8: Silence is Poison, Too: Encouraging You to Speak Up
Day 9: The Power of Parental Rest
Day 10: Dealing with the Sleepless, Middle-of-the-Night Crazies: How to Overcome Them & How to Soothe Your Child Afterwards
Day 11: The Never-Ending Scrutiny of a Family Raising a Child with Special Needs
Day 12: The Foundations We Build as Homeschoolers of Children with Special Needs
Day 13: Homeschooling as Holistic Living Education & Its Impact on the Education of a Child with Special Needs
Day 14: Homeschooling as a Lifestyle
Day 15: Testing Children for the Purpose of a Diagnosis: To Label or Not to Label?
Day 16: The Fine Line Between Remediation and Fostering a Child’s Differences
Day 17: Things Teachers and Students Do in School That We Never Have to Do as Homeschoolers
Day 18: Choosing a Teaching Approach that Works Best for Your Child with Special Needs
Day 19: Why I Allow My Child with Special Needs to Consume Mainstream Media
Day 20: When You Don’t Have a Product to Show for Your Child’s Progress
Day 21: Top 3 Lessons Learned from Others on Raising My Child with Special Needs
Day 22: Spiritual and Emotional Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Day 23: Being Honest About What You Can Handle in Raising and Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs
Day 24: Answering the “Is He Progressing?” Question with Eloquence (+ 2 Free Tracking Tools)
Day 25: How Raising a Child with Special Needs Transformed Me as a Teacher
Day 26: How the Other Parent Can Support You in Raising and Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs
Day 27: The Value in Repetition and Cyclical Learning for the Child with Special Needs
Day 28: It Never Gets Easier: Caring for a Sick Child
Day 29: Accepting This Was Not Plan B: On Raising and Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs
Day 30: No One Is Untouchable, but We All Touch Someone: On Raising and Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs
Day 31: The Real Reason I Chose to Homeschool