About Fringe Parenting

I started this blog because as the mom of a 7-year-old twice exceptional son, I find myself feeling simultaneously misunderstood, in awe, confused, amazed, and frustrated much of the time. I’ve parented my son long enough to know that the journey of parenting a 2e kid is not for the faint of heart. We knew from the moment our son came into the world that he saw things differently. He let us (and everyone around us) know.

Over the years, we’ve looked for answers from parenting consultants, countless books, therapists, specialists, and assessments. Though we know there is surely much to discover as we continue to parent our boy, we feel like now that we have a little more info – our son has an IQ that comes with a label of exceptionally gifted, sensory processing disorder, and a provisional diagnosis of ADHD and PDD(NOS) – we are truly on the right path of figuring out how to best serve our son’s needs, support him as he grows and learns how to make his way in the world, and help our family as a whole to thrive.

In the years since our son was born, my husband and I have felt isolated more than once…like people didn’t get our son, didn’t understand (or care to try to) the quirks and challenges that are part of the package. We’ve had to learn how to advocate, mediate, negotiate…meditate. We’re still figuring it all out. I’m pretty sure that’s going to be my story from now on. And that’s okay.

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