My name is Karen, I am a mom of two boys, a pug named Doug, and Rosie, a non-talking bird (this is important when your son has Tourette’s and a plethora of swear words!). We live and play in New Hampshire.
I spent over 30 years working for and consulting with companies of all sizes across industries. I have taught business courses at universities and managed large teams of faculty. Across settings, my career has focused on developing leaders, helping teams be effective, and understanding the dynamics within complex organizations. Little did I know, my background would pay off in spades as a mom navigating the mental health world and advocating for my sons.
A bit about my personality … I don’t like the word no. I believe there is always a way to solve a problem and I tend to be pretty persistent in finding a solution. My husband refers to me, in the most loving way (I think), as the velvet sledgehammer. Not sure that is how I would describe myself; however, I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish for both the boys while maintaining strong and respectful relationships.
I try hard to have perspective; although, I won’t lie … not often, but I do have those moments of feeling sorry for myself. I make a conscious effort to find the positive in each and every day and look for the humor during stressful situations; laughing sure beats crying. Most importantly, I love my family and I am so proud of the boys for their strength, courage, and empathy for others. They truly make me want to be a better person each and every day.
I have always been good at researching, setting goals, and making things happen. My academic and professional background have provided me with tools and skills to make sense out of complex systems, build strong teams, create plans, and take action.
My intent with this blog is to put into words what we have learned on this journey and to share resources and strategies in hopes of making your path a little easier.
It truly takes a village to raise a child who experiences the world in his or her own special way. Together let’s grow the village with stories, resources, and a good dose of humor. I look forward to sharing our journey with you.
I am not a trained mental health professional and the opinions shared within the blog are solely those of mine.