Comparison isn’t unique to parents of children with FASD, but it seems to be a regular theme in many of our lives. We may compare our kids to other kids, we may compare our parenting to other parenting or we may compare our situation and supports to someone else or another family. Most caregivers are … Continue reading Comparison: The Thief of Joy
September 30 marks the end of FASD Month. Since 2013 in Canada September 30 was known as Orange Shirt Day. This year it marks the first annual National Truth and Reconciliation Day. The Government of Canada states: The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of … Continue reading FASD, Truth and Reconciliation
Friendships and social relationships can be difficult to navigate for anyone, but for many individuals with FASD there are layers of complexity added to it. That doesn't mean they won't have friends. Sometimes we have to change our expectations of friendships and look for creative ways we can support our child, teen or adult. I … Continue reading Friendships and FASD
Today I looked at my tired, old red shoes that have seen better days. It made me think how they reflect our FASD journey. And decided they give me comfort and fit like an old friend.
It's been almost two months since I wrote: When Your Child Says I Don't Feel Good. We were doing okay for about six weeks. But the complaints have started again. So I booked a follow up in person visit with our health care provider.
Looking for some inspiration or ideas for activities to do leading up to #FASDay? How about a game of Bingo?
Caregivers of individuals with FASD have multiple areas of need and concern, and experience high levels of stress. This is particularly true as children age, and the transition to adulthood may be a time requiring higher supports. What if supports aren’t available? What then?
I don’t feel good! Do you hear this often from your child / teen / adult with FASD and not sure how to respond? I provide some links on research and share what we do.
For anyone that had a great day today, I’m happy for you. For anyone that does not recognize the day, I honour that. For those that had a tough day, I send you much love. I had a tough day. A disappointing day that turned out differently than the plan. My daughter was going to … Continue reading Mowing Mother’s Day
There are a number of things I have done over the last year to help cope with isolation, stay-at-home orders, general anxiety, stress, worry, depression or collective trauma that this pandemic has caused. As I indicated in my last post Are you hitting the wall during COVID-19? I said I would share some things I have … Continue reading 9 Ways I Navigated the Pandemic