Welcome to the Unexceptional Moms Podcast, where we offer hope and encouragement for special needs parents.
Join us in this journey as we navigate the joys and challenges of raising children with disabilities. We want you to know you're not alone.
Navigating Back-to-School Choices for Kids With Disabilities During the Pandemic
Online learning, hybrid models, or full-time school. These are the options and choices to navigate as this new school year begins in the midst of a global pandemic. What are we -- parents of kids with disabilities -- to do?
Find show notes and a transcript at: ellenstumbo.com/epsiode38/
What to Share (and Not to Share) About Your Child With a Disability
Because of social media, many people nowadays live their lives in “public.” From what you ordered at a restaurant, to rants about neighbors, to new hairdos. Everything goes… including sometimes our children’s privacy.
Bringing Together Parents of Kids With Disabilities and Disabled Adults
Ellen Stumbo, Kevin Timpe, and Carlyle King discuss the "great divide" between parents of disabled children and actually disabled individuals.
Let’s Talk About Resolutions as Parents of Kids With Disabilities
The New Year is a great time to start "new." But how do resolutions work when we have already so much on our plate?
What Working Options Do Parents of Kids With Disabilities Have?
Parents of kids with disabilities have three main needs:
Need for autonomy: being able to direct our lives. Need for relationships with people we love. Need for competence: being able to express ourselves in ways we are good at and receiving some recognition from our work. Entrepreneurship can be an act of radical self-care; an opportunity to craft what is in your heart into an income generating opportunity.
What can we realistically do? How does this become self-care?
We need to learn to listen to ourselves.
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Figure out your what. Get crystal clear on the what, then you can figure out the how. Learning your strengths are the ingredients for the how.
Believe you are worth discovering yourself.
We cannot balance all the things. You cannot give equal time or energy to all the things you do.
We need to explore all the hard feelings (like anger, disappointment, sadness) and deal with them before we can truly experience joy and happiness and all the positive things.
“Your work should serve your heart.” — Faith Clarke
This Is Anxiety When You Parent Kids With Disabilities
Dr. Liz Matheis, a clinical psychologist, answers the following questions:
What is the difference between stress and anxiety? What does anxiety look like? What can it look like? What's normal and when does anxiety become a problem? What are skills to learn or strategies so I can manage my anxiety better? If I have anxiety, does that mean that I have to see a mental health counselor or take meds? Can my faith help with anxiety? It's so frustrating to hear that I need to pray more and read my Bible.
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Glad your back!!
I’m thrilled your show is once again an encouragement in this special needs journey. Thank you for the time you take to make this podcast.
Today I had one of those days with my two special needs kids. My sweet husband sent me out of the house when he got home so I could get a breather. I needed something to help me decompress. I searched for a podcast and found this beautiful podcast. I felt like crying as I listened. Not in sadness, but in sweet relief to hear other moms speaking my heart. ❤️
Relieved... I feel normal 😜
I love listening to Ellen and Erin discuss the sweetness and the struggles with having children with disabilities. I talk about them at home as though they are my friends, ha! I often start my sentences with “Well, Erin said...” or “Ellen absolutely feels...” My husband is like, “who are these people?” Ha!
After listening to a podcast I come away feeling normal (oh, that word 😜) and relived that other special needs moms feel the way I do... it gives me hope along with valuable information on topics I haven’t been exposed to yet. I am about 4 years into this special needs game and wish I would have found this podcast sooner.
I would absolutely give it 5 stars, but the sound for some guests is hard to follow... I find myself turning the volume way up and then I jump when Ellen or Erin come back. At times the podcast is a little “all over the place” but so am I 😆 and I kind of like that it shows their real personalities and friendship, but could be a distraction for some people.