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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…

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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…

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Kyle Rittenhouse cried on the witness stand. He’s white, and was found not guilty. If you don’t know the story, look it up. There is something to be learned here. White parents, we can do something with our disillusion and emptiness.

We must raise our boys with emotional maturity. They…

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Lessons From Lockdown

For some families of kids with disabilities, last year’s holiday season was actually the best. There wasn’t the usual pressure to do everything, be everywhere, or socialize with everyone. This year, many neurodivergent families are refusing to go back to the way it was.

We couldn’t gather in large groups…

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What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

In what areas do you recognize that you still need to grow?

I’m always learning and growing. A decade of parenting my kid through diagnoses of autism, anxiety and ADHD has been a fierce awakening.

2021

I was sitting with a friend of my parents at a family gathering, feeling awkward…

Kate Lynch

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

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