I like to talk about special needs parenting, wellness, intentional living, and alternative learning.
This site is for discerning mamas striving to live an intentional special needs lifestyle with less overwhelm and more enrichment. As a woman who suffered from chronic illness and mom to a rare bear with special needs, I know how it feels to live on the edge of chaos and exhaustion. Fortunately, I’ve transformed my life and health. I came from feeling overwhelmed and incapable; to curating a life focused on wellness and enrichment. I’m here to share my ideas and excitement to help you do the same. But first, a little about us.
Abnormal Normal Mom
In short, I’m a woman with chronic illness, a “groggy” autoimmune disease, and experience with extreme stress. Although I’ve been gluten-free and sober since October 2017, I intend to transition to a more strict diet that doesn’t piss-off my body. I have aspirations to become more than a pretend chef. In other words, I want to learn how to confidently cook more than Mexican food. I’ll expose that progress, share our gluten-free favorites, discuss food aversions and therapy.
I’m a relaxed, secular, eclectic, interest-led, unschooly-homeschooler. We call it Funschool around here and thanks to shit insurance, I integrate speech, occupational, and physical therapy; which is what I call TheraPlay. As such, I’m eager to show you how to do the same. Feel free to contact me to ask questions or request discussion topics.
Around my hood, I’m a Professional Development and Inclusion Liason. A fancy name for a special needs and disabilities activist, who helps local businesses serve their entire community. I’m a Certified Special Needs Positive Parenting and Discipline Coach, as well as a Certified __________(space saved for a certification I’m currently working on. Whoop! Whoop!)
Raising a Rare Bear With Special Needs
Liam is my eccentric, spirited, true love, and homie with an extra chromie. He’s the hardest working person I’ve ever known. The big dogs he walks all day, erryday include Autism, speech and language disorders, motor disorders, and delays- with alpha being Trisomy 13. Liam enjoys several hobbies beyond making videos and photography. For instance, he loves running, theater, bowling, baseball, and movies.
Together, we’re bananas about all things Halloween, nature, and science; love our routines but always ready for an adventure- sunsets, and sunrises, exploring new things, practicing yoga, purposeless trips to Target, views of the moon, and yard sales with a lemonade stand. Home is in Lansing, Michigan; where we live with a pit bull we call Bubba Howard, and a beta fish named George- Jorge when we’re feeling spicy.
Living and Learning with Labels
I began considering and preparing for homeschool while I was pregnant. However, it wasn’t until a bad experience with the school district that I was all in on the idea and was, thankfully, supported in that endeavor. There are many reasons to homeschool. Above all, I believe homeschool is more of a parenting style than an education choice- full of respect, mindfulness, deliberate practice, and focusing more on the wholeness of the person.I believe homeschool is more of a parenting style than an education choice- full of respect, mindfulness, deliberate practice, and focusing more on the wholeness of the person. #HomeschoolMom #MindfulParenting Click To Tweet
As you’ll learn from the timeline below, my abnormal normal unfolded fast. From 2010 through 2017, my own life felt like my adversary. Aside from the mental and emotional struggles of having a complex needs child with a stranger and essentially raising him alone with financial support- chronic illness was dramatically affecting me. However, 2018 was my new beginning. Since then, I’m guided by my mantra- Live Intentionally, Seeking Less Overwhelm + More Enrichment.
How We Got Here
It all started back in ...
More Diagnoses + Therapy
At 3 years old, Liam was diagnosed with speech apraxia, oral apraxia, receptive and expressive language delay, dyspraxia, developmental coordination disorder, hypotonia, and sensory processing disorder (affecting all 8 senses). He started private speech and occupational therapy while I continued to supplement at home. Luckily, he was fluent in ASL and he and I could easily communicate.
If you really want to get to know and support us,
Follow us on Instagram @LiamAndGlo or Facebook, subscribe to our Youtube channel, and send me an email- ask me questions and say hello, and share your thoughts in the comments after posts and share helpful posts with your tribe. Thanks for ridin’ shotgun on this adventure! I could not be more grateful for your support on this banana sandwich ride.
BE BRAVE. Not everyone can do what you’re doin’.
You’re in the Right place if …
- You’re a special needs mama
- Parenting or Homeschooling is done with a partner or alone.
- Balancing homeschool, mom life, and self-care have left you feeling burnt out.
- You wonder if you’ll ever be able to figure out how to get through abnormal normal mom life without losing your shit, your mind, or yourself.
- You’ve Google searched your way around the digital hood, only to find commiserating articles that don’t offer solutions or tips from people who don’t understand your life.
- You’re ready for ideas that lead to solutions from someone who’s been through IT and still actively learning.
My son and I are bearers of many labels- some we unabashedly own, while others we defy. We’ve come a long way from the days of his meltdowns and Hulk rages and me crying myself to sleep or staying up all night to research. Liam is flippin’ the script on Trisomy 13, autism, apraxia, dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder, and more.
Now, Let’s flip the script on Abnormal Normal Mom Life
But first, mama, BE BRAVE. Special needs parenting is challenging AF and doin’ it alone, with illness, or in an unhealthy environment is next level shit. I’ve learned, the start and the finish line is achieving authenticity and wellness. As with parenting, wellness also requires respect, mindfulness, and deliberate practice. It, foremost, requires change. If you’re still here, then you’re ready and I appreciate your companionship.
In mid-2107, my savage mama encouraged me to describe the life I wanted in one sentence. As a result, I created a mantra that guides me through parenting, homeschooling, wellness, and life.
My mission is to help overwhelmed special needs moms not only guide their families with patience, wisdom, and respect- but achieve an intentional special needs lifestyle abundant in wellness and enrichment. I want all moms (including myself) to have this- so that our lives are more than constantly reacting to happenstance. For this reason, I offer practical self-care, peaceful and positive parenting principles, at-home therapy tutorials, homeschool tips, tools, feedback, experiential wisdom, and inspiration to achieve a well-nourished, less overwhelming special needs homeschool, family lifestyle. I promise to keep it real and relevant around here to help you make it happen!
We got this, mama! UP TOP! xx Glo