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Tackling Trip Training Early Was the Right Move for Me

Trip training is useful to help special needs children establish a toileting routine. With trip training, the child develops the ability to go to the bathroom by being taken at certain times during the day. This is the method we began using for our then-4-year-old Angel, Juliana, shortly after…

The Devil on My Angel’s Shoulder

Although they present a happy demeanor, Angels can have bad days. Or bad weeks, which is what happens when my 11-year-old Angel, Juliana, is sick. Her sweet disposition is there somewhat, accompanied by a mean little minion that seems to be sitting on her shoulder urging her to dish out…

The Quirky Object of My Angel’s Obsession

My 11-year-old Angel, Juliana, has a fixation. A fixation is an intense focus or obsession. Some parents may view this as a bad thing, but experts say otherwise, and I’ve found Juliana’s obsession to be one of the most positive influences in her life. Since she was about 1…

When Your Angel Swipes Your Favorite Ornament

There’s a really significant Christmas bell rolling around my house these days. The bell used to be an ornament. Now it serves as a reminder for me to be flexible and understanding. Along with a sense of humor, these traits are good qualities to possess when raising a child…

Happier Holidays Happen When We Don’t Jump Through Hoops

The holiday season is here. For many people, there might be a mountain of little details to plan that perfect holiday. However, it’s simplicity that keeps me festive while managing my 11-year-old Angel’s unpredictable behavior. As the years roll by, I am learning valuable lessons as a caregiver. These…