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A Guide to Living On One Income for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Special Needs Mom: $ How to Save Money $ We have lived ( mainly) on one income for the past 17 years. Not an easy task when we started, and even a harder task nowadays. We didn’t plan for me to stay home. We didn’t have all our ducks in a row. We didn’t have money in the bank. We were not prepared to raise a child with special needs. Don’t get me wrong. I would not trade that time with my girls for the world. Honestly, though, it was difficult. We realized very early…

Special Needs Moms Sleep With One Ear Open

Hello Sunshine! ( or maybe it should read, Good Night Sunshine!) Sleep. That one word can make us ( moms with kids with special needs) laugh. We are so sleep deprived that there doesn’t need to be a punch line, we laugh with just the one word. Special needs parenting doesn’t really lend itself to 8 hours of sleep each night. For years it felt like I slept with one ear open and alert at all times. My daughter on top of only needing 4 hours of sleep every night, and never taking naps, would often sleepwalk. Sometimes…

Hibernate: The Teenage Years

Special Needs Moms Need Time To Rest Hello Sunshine! This week we are chatting about the concept of taking an extended break to allow the whole family to recharge. Hibernation.   To read the other posts in this series click below: Hibernate: A Basic Guide For The Special Needs Mom Hibernate: The Younger Years   In this post, I am going to give you a picture of how the concept of hibernation has worked for our family during the teenage years. The teenage years, well friends, I have to be honest, they can be pretty rough. Even though we are…

Hibernate: The Younger Years

Special Needs Moms Need Time To Rest Hello Sunshine! Yesterday I chatted with you about the concept of taking an extended break to allow the whole family to recharge. Hibernation. To read the first post in this series click here: Hibernate: A Basic Guide For The Special Needs Mom In this post, I am going to give you a picture of how the concept of hibernation worked for our family during the younger years. Your family is different. It may look different for your family. That’s OK, there is no one perfect way. I am here to give…

Hibernate: A Basic Guide For The Special Needs Mom

Special Needs Moms Need Time To Rest Hello Sunshine! We are almost to the end of January. Winter is just about upon us here in Central Texas. Yes, we might have had a few reasons to bring out the gloves and scarves before now, but we chalk that up to “it feels like Christmas” type of weather. Winter hits us in February around here. It brings cold, dreary days. It’s the time of year for the annual ice storm — that’s the nearest thing our kids get to a snow day. It’s…

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