Disability Parenting

Should We Do ‘Chores’?

Should We Do ‘Chores’?

For many years now we have not had ‘chore charts’ or lists in our house. I don’t know what your experience is like but we found that when our oldest two reached an age where ‘chores’ seemed appropriate we did the right thing, we made a list, had a reward system in place and sat back to watch as skills, confidence, independence and a sense of team blossomed! We were brought down to earth with a bump fairly quickly. Written by Cathy Porter

A Mentor During Hard Times

A Mentor During Hard Times

Have you ever had those “ah ha” moments? Sometimes they are that one piece that helps everything else fit together and sometimes they are so obvious that you don’t know why you didn’t think of it before. Written by Jonathan McGuire

Reframing Life

Reframing Life

In this snippet from the Hope Anew Disability Podcast, Colleen Swindoll Thompson shares how our lives can resemble a HGTV Home Remodeling Show.

Check out the entire interview on September 2nd!

Angels or One-To-One Aides

Angels or One-To-One Aides

One of the great things about the summer for our kids is the opportunity to attend a camp, whether it is an overnight go-away camp or just a local day camp through a church or private organization. Written by John Felageller

The Power of Praying Scripture as a Special Needs Parent

The Power of Praying Scripture as a Special Needs Parent

My younger son has a speech delay, my older son a neurological-based speech disorder called apraxia that requires frequent and intensive speech therapy to learn to speak. He didn’t say his first words until he was almost four. Devastated by the lack of conversations I had with my children, one day I turned to scripture. Surely there was a passage or verse about speech that would encourage me, right? Written by Jenn Soehnlin

To The Mom Who Is Broken

To The Mom Who Is Broken

Sarah couldn’t sleep all night. I heard her come into the bedroom and could see the hint of sunlight coming in from behind our curtains, when I finally heard the gentle rhythm of her breath indicating she was asleep. She was no longer staying awake at night because she was with a child who needed her. She was awake because of her own health struggles. It was going to be another rough day. Written by Jonathan McGuire

When I Am Just So Exhausted

When I Am Just So Exhausted

Have you ever been through a season in your life when you were constantly tired? As a special needs parent, I believe it happens to all of us on a fairly regular basis, however I recently experienced a time in my life when it seemed as though I could not get any rest at all. Written by John Felageller

It's Not All On You

It's Not All On You

I didn’t dare move a muscle. Breathe in, breathe out, quiet, shallow, in, out. Don’t move. My son was finally asleep cradled in my arms against my chest. If I could just not move or breathe, maybe, just maybe he would sleep for 15-20 minutes and for that 15-20 minutes there would be no screaming and he wouldn’t feel the pain and I could rest – sort of. Written by Sarah McGuire

4 Special Needs Parenting Reminders from a Deranged Robin

4 Special Needs Parenting Reminders from a Deranged Robin

Special needs parenting reminders came thick and fast when we were raising a son with major medical issues. But he overcame his health challenges, became an adult, and flew the coop long ago. These days, special needs parenting reminders arrive in strange ways. Written by Jolene Philo

10 Easy To Setup Sensory Activities Part 2

10 Easy To Setup Sensory Activities Part 2

Let’s be real. Sometimes those moments when the kids get home from school can be extra stressful. Having a plan and activities can provide structure and help relieve some of that stress. Written by Cathy Porter