First Things First Announcement

I am so proud to announce a new writing series that I have put together for parents of special needs kiddos called "First Things First".

The series is dedicated to reminding parents that they need to take care of themselves. A renewal of our commitment to take the time required to nurture not just our children, but ourselves. We have dedicated all of our energy to making sure our children are taken care of, but now is the time to remember to focus on our own physical, mental and emotional health, our spirituality, as well as our relationships with friends and our spouse. This year, I want to encourage all of you to take care yourself. And I hope each month our guest writer will inspire you to do just that.
On the first of each month, the writing series will feature a different guest blogger/writer/author.

I have lined up some amazing writers and advocates all with kids that have SPD or ASD -- or both.

Marla Roth-Fisch (author of Sensitive Sam), Jennie Linthorst (Poet, and mom to Graham from Autistic Like: Graham's Story), Chynna Laird (author of Not Just Spirited: A Mom's Sensational Journey With SPD), Carrie Fannin (Owner of Sensory Planet), Diane Renna (author of Meghan's World), Gavin Bollard (blogger at, Cat Lichtenbelt (guest author at Five Hens), Amy Sherridan (blogger at, Leslie O'Donnell (writer at and Mia Hysteria (blogger at are all contributing to make this series valuable and meaningful.

Our first post will be Monday February 1st by Marla Roth-Fisch.

Now, have you done anything for *yourself* this weekend?

Photo: The view from the kiddie pool our first night in Mexico. Everyone said it was the most beautiful they'd seen -- even the staff. We played until the sky was black. Then slept.


Patty O. said...

What a great idea! I think most moms struggle with making time to take care of themselves, but throw in a kid with special needs and it gets even more difficult. Good for you for thinking of this and implementing it. I look forward to reading these posts. Thanks!

Rachel Nixon said...

Great idea, I look forward to reading them!


Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing this link with me! Now I know how to follow them all...silly me!