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.

I Didn't Sign Up for This

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

An Adoption Conversation

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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