Parenting under the intolerant gaze and judgmental mutterings of ableism.

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“You’ve got to think about the big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”
- Alvin Toffler

Soothing Lullaby

Did you know that Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has 5 verses? Yup, and I learned them all. …

I’m letting myself be carried on the changing stream of life

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When I forget to pause:

My body goes into a freeze response, and my mind is in flight, or sometimes fight. In conflict, they each feel trapped by the limitations of the other. Because my mind is agitated and driven to action, my still body doesn’t feel the least bit relaxed. Tension impacts my shoulders…

My framework for getting through our annual Individualized Education Program meetings with confidence.

It has been nearly a decade. While it has gotten easier, I always get nervous before my son’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. It feels like his future is hanging in the balance. I know his team cares so much. It is still a heavy, lonely burden.

What have I…

I resent the expectations, especially during a pandemic.

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When asked to “write about taking care of mental health as a parent, whether you have a diagnosed mental illness or are just feeling the mental shift of balancing everything.” I remembered the last 16 months, and nearly cried. With rage.

This is a resentful, vengeful and unbalanced essay.

It is also cisgendered, heteronormative and privileged. What has…

Can’t sleep? Try these techniques right now, and then build the habits that help you the most

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I would fall asleep just fine, and then something would wake me — a snore, my bladder, a 2 a.m. garbage truck — and getting back to sleep took hours.

Or it would happen as soon as my head hit the pillow, and my chaotic day finally came to a…

I just turned in the first draft of my book!!!

This has been a wild 2 years, and the process isn’t over, but it was hard and I did it. I’m proud of myself, and I hope you’ll celebrate with me!

Big or small, celebrating milestones is important to us and to those who love us. Tell me what you’re celebrating!

At this point, the last sentence of the last chapter of my book is:

“Through self-compassion and mindfulness, you can transform your relationship with your atypical kid, and co-create a more inclusive world.”

What do you think?

Here’s a 3 minute self-compassion break for you on facebook.

I’ll be sharing bits from the book as it progresses, so hit this 💌 button, and you’ll get notified.

Oxoxo, Kate

What‘s a random fact about you, and what do you want to read?

I blinked.

Where did all the followers come from? I’m grateful and bewildered. Writing on Medium is so interesting! I don’t understand it. This is not a tutorial on how to make more money on Medium, just so you know. This is personal.

Am I making a positive impact?

Why are you here? I write here sporadically, mostly…

In the wake of September 11, 2001, becoming a yoga and meditation teacher was the answer to my helplessness.

Yoga, healing and social justice trailblazer closing in Brooklyn

An organization in Brooklyn (that I was a small part of pre-Covid) has announced that it will be closing by the end of this year.

I remember the first time I walked in, not so long ago. I had been hearing about Third Root for years, from several students, and…

Kate Lynch

I teach self-care, mindfulness and yoga to parents of intense kids. Author of the upcoming book, Mindfully Parenting Atypical Kids.

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