Hey, welcome back to my occasional guest post series! (If you are keen to be a guest writer on my blog, please check out my guidelines by scrolling to the bottom of my About page) This year has been a bumper year for me as I was blessed with opportunities to connect with more stay-at-home … Continue reading Guest Post: There’s a “catch” to catching up! One dad’s warning
Two weeks ago, I posted about a group of dads I met. The group meets every month to talk about parenting stuff. Many of us are stay-at-home dads (referred to as SAHDs, pun fully and unfortunately intended). That status offers us unique perspectives of fathering many career-minded fathers who spend little time at home can't … Continue reading SAHDs Are NOT Secondary Caregivers!
My 12-year-old son C gloriously failed his mid-year exams over six weeks ago. Just like he did last year and the year before. But guess what? I'm ok about it. After all, let's face it. Nobody likes exams. At least nobody I'm acquainted with. I know I'm supposed to encourage my kids not to dislike … Continue reading Failing exams gloriously, son? No sweat!
As Autism Awareness Month (April) nears, I realize of late I've not posted much about autism, one of my blog's cornerstone topics. But having said quite a lot since 2019, is there really anything new? The answer? Of course! There always is, in my ongoing journey as a parent with a special needs kid. At … Continue reading Of accidental carpools and autism conversations
Don't stop walking I see youI doI hope you can knowSomedayThat I felt your daddy's heartacheAs he led you firmly by the handWalking nondescript down the laneHoping no one sees you twoHoping if not to endThen to at least fadeOut of sight Out of mindFrom prying eyes and furtive stares You looked miserable in your … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #78
Hey glad you’re back in this special Mother's Day stay home mom tribute! Last week, my guest writer Sarah left us with a cliff-hanger – the outcome of the first formal intervention her eldest boy had. Today, we continue from there with the rest of her testimony. (Also available in this podcast episode) "How long … Continue reading Ahead of Mother’s Day: One stay home mom and her special needs story (Part 2)
Today, I have the honour to introduce a new guest to my blog. Her name is Sarah Lee-Wong Mayfern, and she's both a great educator and a wonderful stay home mom. (Click here and here for previous guests' posts on my blog) Sarah has three kids, including two boys with special needs. Her youngest, a … Continue reading Ahead of Mother’s Day: One stay home mom and her special needs story (Part 1)
"Daddy, look!" It was a typical weekday evening, an hour before dinner time. That's when I usually take C for some outdoor play. What we in my family sometimes refer to as his "eye-care" time, away from home screens and out where nature and distant sights of the world await. The ground outside was fairly … Continue reading Daily living with autism #1: It’s about small wins!
Photo by Alireza Attari on Unsplash It was rather unexpected. There we were, at what was only our third or fourth meeting in 2019. As mentioned in an earlier post, this rag-tag bunch of fathers who have special needs children, were still getting to know each other. Gathering to bond over shared parenting experiences and … Continue reading Do I say “my son HAS autism” or “my son IS autistic”? It’s really up to him
Photo by MD Duran on Unsplash This is a cautionary tale about what happens when men come together. Cautionary, at least, for men like me who are more into 'being' than 'doing'. Let me explain. I still remember the meetings. A few of us fathers with special needs children started coming together in 2019 to … Continue reading Even with special needs dads, it’s still about men ‘doing’ not ‘being’