A Letter from Mary Cunningham, FASD ONE Education Action Group Co- Lead Dear FASD-informed Ontarians: Many of us care for Ontario students with FASD or know people who are caregivers. Most of us would agree that the education currently provided for our 50,000 Ontario students with FASD is not meeting their needs. As a now … Continue reading Help Pass New Ontario FASD Education Bill
I recently finished participation in a six-month support and education group for "older" parents and caregivers of adults with FASD called the Ontario Senior Caregiver Action Network for FASD (OSCAN). They recently released a Resource Guide and announced a new Group.
Have you heard the phrase: expectations are just premeditated resentments? This can happen when we place expectations on our kids with FASD - but it can also happen to ourselves. I was reminded of this lately.
Sometimes as caregivers we forget to get curious or are tired or busy until things begin to escalate. Or we get complacent (or hopeful) that when things are going well we can step back a bit. I was reminded of this recently when the maiden came to me complaining about nightmares and not sleeping well.
Today, February 23, 2022 is Pink Shirt Day - a day set aside every February to raise awareness about bullying and promote kindness and inclusion by working together to treat others with dignity and respect.
Trigger Warning: There are details in this post some may find disturbing and distressing. On Saturday, January 15, 2022, Saturday Night Live aired a skit called Winter Formal. The characters spend 4 minutes and 19 seconds promoting their winter formal shop and making derogatory comments about the son. Close to the end, the mother says … Continue reading SNL skit Winter Formal: Humour or ableist?
The maiden wanted pancakes for breakfast on Christmas Day. Something we don't have very often. She even offered to make them. I said I'd help. We bought the mix. A boxed mix was going to prove challenging enough; we are not ready for made from scratch. Syrup and pre-cooked bacon were also purchased. If the … Continue reading The Price of Pancakes. And FASD
How are you holding up? For those celebrating, only one week to go until Christmas. Then it will be over for another year. While many try to avoid the overwhelm and excitement at this time of year, it is almost impossible with messages and displays everywhere we turn. I can’t promise you a calm Christmas, … Continue reading I’m Dreaming of a Calm Christmas
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