The horror of discovering Mommy instead of Daddy

The horror of discovering Mommy instead of Daddy

Background I have children ages 4, 3 and 1. As such and until yesterday afternoon, I believed I would never feel the blunt rejection often exhibited by teens toward their parents until my kids were… teens. Ah, the lessons these cherubs never hesitate to teach me. Each morning, The Husband drives Charlie (4) to his […]

To my daughter: Today, I saw your heart

Dear Emma, Today, I saw the depth of your little almost-3-year-old heart, and it took my breath away. And I want you to know what it felt like. Before we got in the school car line to pick up Charlie, we parked down by the playground. It was teeming with big kids — older kids […]

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! […]

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

Happy Labor Day! “I have Down syndrome and run my own business,” on 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 […]

Tough day on the playground… for Mom

I stood at the highest point of the sloping wood-chip-blanketed playground, able to see both kids running, laughing and playing. Hands on hips, sunglasses on head and a smile across my cheeks. I loved every moment of watching Charlie and Emma have fun. Ninety-degree scorching days had finally surrendered to a burst of unexpected coolness. […]

Drama, an anniversary… and your feedback

What a week it’s been! On the heels of writing back-to-back-to-back articles about breaking news in the world of Down syndrome, I just realized I’ve been writing for allParenting for a whole year now.  I’m very lucky to be able to write about topics I’m passionate about — but I wouldn’t be able to do […]

Class picture breaks mom’s heart; Charlie turns 3 and… hippos?

It’s been an emotional week at SheKnows and allParenting! Here’s a cheat sheet on the infuriating, heartwarming and FUN articles that posted this week: allParenting let me tackle a trending story about a little boy and his wheelchair, set apart in his class picture but leaning eagerly toward his classmates. It made me so mad! […]

A big decision about prenatal testing and a spotlight on D.A.D.S.

I tell you what, our house is like a sick ward lately. But in between the puke and snot, we’ve had several moments of true joy. We’re expecting no. 3, and over at allParenting, I wrote about choosing not to undergo prenatal testing this time. We had a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome for our […]