Help protect our kids from restraint and seclusion discipline methods #noRS

I’d heard the terms “restraint and seclusion” but never dug deeper to learn what they meant. Then I wrote about it for SheKnows.com, and the knowledge has been life-changing. Restraint and seclusion methods originated as tactics to defuse a bonafide safety threat: a child threatening his/her own safety or the safety of others. But along […]

Recognizing *our* mommy worth

The thing that gets me all the time about having a child with Down syndrome is that I never, ever, ever feel like I’m doing enough for him. That probably won’t ever go away. Then there’s my “typical” daughter Emma isn’t yet two and remembers the swim instructor’s name from one week to the next […]

From heartache, a tiny dream came true…

From heartache, a tiny dream came true…

I’m not one to have a list of life goals. (If you feel the earth shake, that’s The Husband nodding vigorously.) But as I seem to gain my footing in this universe and realize writing makes me a better person, I’ve started a tiny list of places tucked on the Internet where I would love […]

Would you use Facebook to find your teen a prom date? Are you *sure*?

You know those preconceived ideas of parenthood you have when you’re not yet a parent? I know them only too well, because they always seem to come back to bite me. Like, daily. Before kids: I was never going to give in to whining. With kids: OhdearGod, take whatever you want just please stop whining! […]

“LET GO OF MY BABY!!!!!”

Well, it happened. Now I understand the sign that reads, “Please Do Not Get Out of Your Car!” outside Charlie’s school. As my baby boy had to be tugged toward school… As my sweet little pumpkin craned his neck to make eye contact with me in the car… As his bony little shoulders shook with […]

Help your child with special needs adjust to school (aka, advice I should have followed!)

Help your child with special needs adjust to school (aka, advice I should have followed!)

This may be one of my favorite articles, simply because it gave me such great ideas for getting Charlie ready for school. Not that I executed on all of them. In fact, the one I really wanted to do and never got around to it: Practicing eating lunch from a lunch box. Seems simple enough, […]

Charlie’s first day: Good mommy, bad wife

Charlie’s first day: Good mommy, bad wife

Welp. We did it. First day of preschool drop-off for Charlie, my 3-year-old with an extra chromosome and extra personality. It was not at all what I expected. Apparently, I don’t do well on days of first events. Three-plus years ago, I remember snapping at The Husband while I lay in the hospital bed like […]

Morbid Mommy: We have *got* to get healthy.

Maybe all parents have moments like these. Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones. Maybe it’s because I’m an “older” parent (gag). Maybe, maybe, maybe. I’m sitting on the floor of my son’s room, watching The Husband get the kids ready for bed in the form of a rockin’ dance party. He is the yin to my […]

Happy Labor Day! “I have Down syndrome and run my own business,” on SheKnows.com today

Happy Labor Day! “I have Down syndrome and run my own business,” on SheKnows.com today

I have to be honest. Researching and writing this article was sobering. When you hear that someone with Down syndrome is running his or her own business, it’s exciting and easy to get caught up in the thrill and possibility. But it’s not easy. It can’t happen for everyone, and it won’t happen overnight. Three stories, shared […]

Hateful letter rails against child with autism

What kind of person sees a child with special needs and thinks his parents should euthanize him? Maybe more people than we want to admit… but at the least, this cowardly, anonymous person, who didn’t just think it; she wrote it down and sent it in an anonymous letter to the child’s family. The story […]