When two childhoods collide: One, a reader. The other, now an author

When two childhoods collide: One, a reader. The other, now an author

I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I didn’t care. To me, whatever consequences I faced were worth being able to stay completely immersed in my book. In elementary school, recess was my respite. While other kids raced to pick kickball teams, I scrambled to the top of the slide, like a cat […]

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 […]

The real life-savers your baby registry is missing

The real life-savers your baby registry is missing

Listen, I’m not against the truly helpful lists of items-every-mommy-needs-or-you-will-die. But most of those items are for the sunshiny days of motherhood, after the postpartum depression succumbs to medication and you still have a week of maternity leave. But what about the trenches of motherhood? What about when you’re up to your neck in poop and pretty […]

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! […]


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 […]

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 […]

A veteran mother’s plea: In the wake of Ethan Saylor’s death, demand training of all law enforcement

Introduction from Maureen Wallace,  rookie mom of a child with Down syndrome   At least once a day since Robert “Ethan” Saylor died in January, I have thought about how my son, Charlie, could face a similar fate. Charlie has Down syndrome, just like Ethan. Many other parents of children with Down syndrome have written […]

The long, crazy path to becoming a SAHM

I’ve never been one to shy from change. I’ve lived in five states. I’ve had five roommates. I’ve paid power bills in 10 cities (no, Dad, I am not counting home — and thank you for 18 years of free power!). Four cats and two dogs have counted on me to feed them. I’ve worked […]

JLD: What if MY Charlie was YOUR Charlie?

OK, before you groan and say to anyone in the room, “Oh God, here she goes again,” just hear me out. This quick column is riddled with irony, and who doesn’t enjoy some good irony? Today’s “Chasing Charlie” column is titled, “Learn to advocate for your child with special needs.” Hmmm… Can you tell I wrote […]


I am angry. I am furious. I want to scream. I’m already crying. People say you should never hit send on an angry email, but I haven’t yet gotten that advice about a blog, so buckle up, kids. Julia Louis-Dreyfus just got an Emmy for her show “Veep.” I used to admire Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I thought […]