Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Courtney Barnum

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Courtney Barnum

Courtney Barnum is a stay at home mom blogging about her experiences with a special needs child at A Legion for Liam. She tells it like it is, with a healthy dose of compassion and humor. Read on to learn more about what motivates her to blog, and the best parenting advice she received.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

When my son was first diagnosed with Autism, I needed a way to release my thoughts and feelings. It’s easier for me to write than it is to speak, so I turned to writing.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

emotional, loving, sarcastic

What is your favorite blog post to date?

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Take notes on your thoughts and feelings. When and if your child sleeps, sneak in some writing time. The house will always need to be cleaned. Take time for yourself, because your mental well being is important.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t yell at your kids. Lean in real close and whisper. It’s much more effective.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Hectic. Between home school lessons, in home therapies, out of home therapies, and doctors appointments, we’re always on the go. When I’m not doing those things, I work part time for a review blogger, and clean my hog hole house.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Write from your heart. Be real. Stay true to yourself.
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