Hope, Help, and Resources for Parents of Children with Special Needs
As a mom to 5 children, two adopted with special needs, and former foster mom to 35 children, I understand how tough it is to parent. Parenting children with unique needs takes it to a whole new level. It’s the beyond the beyond.
Favorite Blog Posts about Parenting & Special Needs at The Holy Mess
Hope for Special Needs Parents — Hang in there, Mom!
Still Standing — A series with tips, techniques, and encouragement from parenting our child with intense behavior struggles
For the Mom at the Slide: When Parenting is Frighteningly Hard (Sara’s favorite blog post ever!)
When You Feel Lonely In Your Calling
Hard is Hard is Hard — There is no comparing grief or tragedy.
For All the Parents Whose Kids Won’t Get an Award
Depression is a Liar (The #1 most popular post on The Holy Mess)
When a Loved One Has Depression and YOU are Going Crazy
When You Are Worried About Sending Your Kids to School
Shattering the Perfect Family Myth
Managing a Metabolic Condition, GA1, & Special Diets
Zack is Sick Today: How to Live with Fear
How My Son’s Life-Threatening Condition Gave Me Freedom
How to Manage Your Child’s Special Diet (and Still Have a Life!)
Parenting a Child with Emotional Issues
“Mom, Do I Have Special Needs?” — How to Our Children About Their Special Needs
This Morning Was Ugly: Parenting Children with Emotional Issues
A Conversation about Forgiveness
Doors Are a Privilege at Our House
Adoption and Foster Care Issues
Guiding Our Children Through Life’s Ugliness
Why We Don’t “Forget” Who Is Adopted
Posts to Share with Loved Ones
The Voices of Special Needs Parents
How to Help a Mom When Her Child is Raging in Public
I’m available to speak to parent’s groups: “I Didn’t Sign Up for This: Hope for Special Needs Parents.” I also speak to churches and other groups on the topic, “How to Minister to Special Needs Families.” Click here for more information.
Foster & Adoptive Parents
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Thank you so much for putting your story and your life out there for all of us to read. I just found your website/facebook after it was recommended by someone in my church. Life is overwhelming, especially now with COVID-19 on top of our usual challenges. We have a special needs child, medical issues of our own as parents, and struggle daily with getting overwhelmed with life. I find if I have some guidance each day, whether its reading the bible, or having daily devotionals, we can survive and even thrive in difficult times. I’m excited to follow you on facebook, and just wanted to say thanks for putting so much effort into helping others. I for one have already benefited.
Kari, Thanks so much for your sweet and kind email! I’m glad the resources have been a help to you.