Posts Tagged ‘challenges’

Special treatment for kids with special needs?

October 3, 2013

In late September, Disney announced changes to their program for guests with challenges.

There were reports of people abusing the system that led to the change.

Others raged that there are programs that allow preferred access.  Some questioned why people with children with special needs would go to a place like Disney.

Ellen at wrote about the reasons in this post, Let’s talk about kids with special needs and special treatment.

There is some food for thought there.

There are all sorts of challenges.

Some kids are globally delayed, behind in everything.

Some have physical limitations, such as cerebral palsy (CP) or muscular dystrophy (MD).  Usually, people with these challenges are unaffected mentally.  They may have challenges expressing themselves, but they are still people.  Like all of us.

No two situations are alike.

As busy as life with kids can be, any sort of physical delay just multiplies the challenges.  Kids go through phases.  With delays, normal phases just take longer.  With communication delays, frustration increases for everyone.


Walking through adoption

March 26, 2013

My blogging friend, Instant Mama, is walking through the early steps of adopting five children in a sibling group.

She recently posted Avoiding the Awkward.  She discusses a number of questions that those around the family often ask.  These questions are asked with the best of intentions, but can open wounds that may be fresh.

Many forget that adoption becomes possible due to difficult circumstances.

Couples come to the point of adoption through a variety of circumstances, often infertility.  A loss has been grieved to reach the point of being willing to adopt.

It is a drastic thing for authorities to remove children from a family of origin.  Horrible things have to happen.

Sometimes children are abandoned.  This also happens in horrible circumstances.

There is a sense of loss for both the children and the rest of the family of origin.

When a couple gets married, there are many adjustments.  They have willingly come to the point of coming together.

In an adoptive situation, there may be some willingness.  There are huge issues to deal with, compared to a marriage.

Waiting to Belong | Adoption-related grief and loss |

February 13, 2013

Waiting to Belong | Adoption-related grief and loss |.

This is a link to an article with some interesting insight on the challenges that adoptive families face as time passes.

Anniversaries of significant events can reawaken past wounds.

Frustrating days

March 6, 2012

The last couple of days have been somewhat frustrating.  No major problems, just frustrating.

We were supposed to get some insulation in our attic on Monday, to take advantage of some government grants and save some heating and cooling costs.  The contractor showed up, and didn’t like the way something was wired.  Fair enough.  A bit of an aggravation to fix, but no big deal.  After the kids were in bed, I spent about an hour trying to get things together.  And, not finished at the end of it.  Another trip to the hardware store.

Day 2.  I got up and got the box in place, but still have some things to get together.

The next job was plunging a toilet.  Never a fun time.  This job really went crappy.  As I plunge away, the water starts to move.  Around the bottom of the bowl.  The seal failed.  Oh, crap.

IT STINKS, says Tate.  Really.

Of course, we had to leave in about five minutes for the kids’ program at church.  I mop up the mess, and pull out the shop vac to clean up the rest of the mess.

It could be a whole lot worse.  At least it was mostly water.

Hopefully the rest of the week is a bit better.

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