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…

Monday Affirmation with KP

Often, our Pride will keep us from saying those 3 simple words, “I am sorry.” Pride definitely keeps us from going further and saying, “What can I do to rectify the situation?” You know what I am going to say next…. it’s time for self reflection. Is it hard for you to say “I’m sorry?”…

Monday Affirmation With KP

Our society celebrates “hustle”, “ambition”, “drive”, etc. Shoot, I was raised on hustle and appreciate it myself! However,we have fallen out of balance. Now, we feel “less than” if we’re not constantly doing something. This week’s affirmation invites us to just “BE.” It’s ok to, as our grandmas used to say, “sat down” and rest.…

Monday Affirmation- KP Edition

Today’s affirmation is right on time for KP. I have learned during my journey that adversity presents with it a life lesson; I will not be released from the trial until I learn the lesson. In this season, I am learning to engage in complete rest. I am learning to be more in tune with…

Find Your Village

For fellow autism parents with more than one child…. Most folks know the story, but for those that don’t… My second son, Moo, is my faith baby. I was scared to death when I found out I was pregnant with him. I didn’t think I would be able to give him the attention he needed…

Celebrate Every Victory

Paul and I saw this building in downtown Norfolk, Va, this past weekend. I looked at him and asked, “Isn’t this Spaghetti Warehouse?” Paul smiled and replied, “Yes it is.” Travel down memory lane with me 🕰…. Its the late 90s. My younger brother Dexter recently graduated from THE Elizabeth City State University and was…

Tuesday Truth With KP

The scripture that shares “…..and the truth shall set you free..” sounds great, right? Until we come to understand the true meaning of Maya Angelou’s saying, “Once you know better, you do better.” Many people would rather be bound to a pretty lie than be accountable to a truth that may require a whole new…

Monday Affirmation with KP

This affirmation is for those whom have found themselves “playing small”, “playing dumb”, or otherwise shrinking themselves in order to please a person or group of people. The right “circle”, “front row folks”, support system, etc., will encourage your greatness, remind you of how awesome you are when you doubt yourself, and keep you covered…

What’s Keeping You Grounded?

I have been asked a few times, “KP, how are staying sane (happy, straight, calm, making it, etc.) through these trying times. My answer is simple and not simple at the same time: 1) I’m reading the Word more, along with other inspirational works. They remind me to trust my Creator and leave all my…