Self Care, Obedience, and KP

Moment of Transparency: I love Jesus, I really do. But I’m a type A personality, so I’m not always obedient. I thrive off of lists, sticky notes, goals and “push through.” For the past few months, I have slowed down considerably. My slow down though, has been because of decreased desire. I THINK about doing…

Special Needs Dads Rock!

Special needs dads are the silent heroes of our world. They are rarely given the credit they are due for their hard work, sacrifice, and unflinching love they have for their children. Paul Pruden Jr is our special needs dad extraordinaire. As a father to one son with autism and one son with ADHD, his…

Winter Season and Marigolds

So I wanted to offer some encouragement to those of us in a “winter” period of our lives: plans, hopes, dreams, health - nothing seems to be going as planned. We may be feeling tired, hopeless, and unsure what to do next. But you know what? We’ve been here before, just like these marigold seeds.…

Spectrum Life, Banking and Loosening the Apron Strings

Last month, Aaron discovered his bank card wasn’t working. I called his bank and was assured his new card would be mailed by the end of December. I forgot about this issue until earlier this week. Aaron came to me and told me his card hadn’t been delivered to our home. Again, I told him…

Autism, ADHD, and the African American Community

Oftentimes, in the African American community, we hear the words “Autism” and “ADHD” and immediately negative images come to mind. As a mental health professional and the mom of 2 amazing sons, one of whom has autism and the other has ADHD, part of my life’s work is to show there are other facets of…

Dr. Who, Autism and Aaron

Paul tried to prepare me for my oldest son, Aaron’s, Christmas gift. The only clue he would give me is, “You guys have had a conversation about it.” Christmas Day came. Every gift I received was beyond thoughtful; this was probably the best Christmas I have ever had. I saw Aaron looking Paul’s way. Then…

New Year, New You

Therapy can truly be an opportunity to leave your old life behind (your dysfunctional thought/behavior patterns) and embrace a new way of being (brand new positive thought patterns/behaviors that nurture your body, mind and spirit). I know you may be afraid to take that first step. I’ve been there myself. But trust me, once you…

Learn From the Pain

Pain never feels good. It doesn’t matter the origin; whether it’s biological, psychological, or spiritual, pain is pain. Often, distress becomes like an unwelcome companion in our daily walk. We become used to the hurt, the disappointment, the loneliness, the stress. It may seem like we exist only to FEEL waves of struggle. 2020 is…

Tuesday Convo With My Creator

As I was walking and praying this morning, I was asking My Creator to forgive me for not spending enough time with Him. I found myself thinking about it and asked forgiveness again. I heard this Word in my spirit and Little Keischa smiled. She knows Adult Keischa has a tendency to ruminate on mistakes…