Mad Random Parenting by Donna Miller

Advice, information and inspiration on parenting children with behavioral disabilities.

Mad Random Parenting

Virtual Family Tour Takes Off

Since we last talked about the virtual family tour, interest has been growing in the most surprising places. Research librarians in North Carolina, book publishers in Vermont, therapists from suburban Philadelphia and parenting organizations from California are all... read more

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There are few holidays that are more perplexing than Valentine’s Day.  Fun Fact: This holiday  is rooted  in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration observed by pagan Romans, usually on February 15.  Around  Year 496, the holiday ceased to be... read more

Virtual Family Tour: LIFT OFF

The First Six Questions are Here!. The Virtual Family Tour starts today! Below are 6 basic questions about your child’s diagnosis. Does your child have a diagnosis? Who provided it? ( doctor, teacher or someone else) Does the diagnosis help explain your child’s... read more

Family Action Series:  First Step – Parenting Toolkit

Northern California is just as beautiful as I remember and has the best sushi I’ve tasted in years. Duarte Academy headquarters in Sunnyvale was my destination for the first leg of my journey to create your Stories Start Something: Family Action Series. The First Step... read more

Within Our Reach

Yes. Christmas is over and the wrapping paper is clogging the recycling bin. Just as I was looking for a leftover ham recipe that tastes just like lobster (I didn’t find it,) some thoughtless person asked me about my New Year’s resolutions. Seriously? I haven’t done... read more

Who’s Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?

Estate planning lawyers like the one I’m married to, see all kinds of family drama. Making wills to pass along money and family possessions to one’s children provides relatives or friends with ample opportunities for indecision, meltdown and serious family revolt.... read more

Simple Thanks

I know it’s hard to come up with words when “thanks” may not be the first thing you want to say to your child’s teachers and aides. Or, maybe it is what you want to say and you are still searching for words. Here are some simple words of thanks that may work. Dear My... read more

Are You Feeling Stuck About the School Year?

It’s been some time since we’ve talked together about school. And you’re thinking, “That’s not a bad thing.” Why focus on the crazy making planning and IEP development process that threatens sanity on a good day? The truth is the anxiety and frustration involved with... read more

Practice What You Hear

This is the last in my series of post-election blogs. The sky hasn’t fallen, its time to move on, get to work and fight for living. On the way, you might want to try this.  When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time with my grandfather. He was a lean, loose-jointed man... read more