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It takes a village

May 9, 2017 I’m sure you have heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When you are speaking of a child with a disability, that saying couldn’t be truer. more »»

Free to soar

April 11, 2017 Speechless is a family comedy in which one of the main characters is a person with cerebral palsy. His muscles limit his movement and he is unable to use his mouth to speak. more »»

Changing the Atmosphere

March 9, 2017 If you’re a special parent, I’m sure you can recall the moment you became “special.” You remember the minute, maybe the day or week…. more »»

Lights of Hope

February 1, 2017 Sometimes on this special parenting journey we feel like we can’t see anything that lies ahead of us. We are taking steps in survival mode, not knowing where it will lead u. more »»

Becoming bulletproof

November 1, 2016 I often describe entering “a new normal” that surfaces when you are raising a child with a disability. It’s a phase of life that only special parents can relate t. more »»

Don’t take anything for granted

October 1, 2016 Over the summer my friends and I spent the day at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. While eating at an outdoor restaurant, we were surrounded by families with small children, and adults of all ages. more »»

Don’t start school year negatively

September 1, 2016 Many parents are excited when school begins again—they are happy their family’s schedule has started, and they can settle back into a routine. more »»

They Are Watching

May 9, 2016 As special parents, we think we have to constantly be “in mode.” We think we have to continually be working towards some kind of goa. more »»

Never give up

February 9, 2016 All parents are proud when their children are involved in extracurricular activities. For parents of typically developing children, these are expected, routine events. more »»

A new you

November 19, 2015 I’m very certain that if you asked any special parent if their child has changed their life, they would all answer “Ye. more »»

Your Special Backpack

October 15, 2015 As we all know, our daily lives changed in many ways when our special child came into our world. Think about the early days of the diagnosis or delays that affected your child. more »»

Lessons Learned

September 10, 2015 I’ve been a special mom now for almost thirteen years. I’ve grown into a mom that is stronger and more effective than if my daughter was never born. more »»

Truly special

May 12, 2015 Did you ever stop and think about the person you were before your special child was born? How you have changed…how time and circumstances have changed you from the inside out? The moment we became... more »»

Courage under fire

April 13, 2015 An actor in the movie “Ladder 49” said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear. more »»

What is normal

March 12, 2015 What does the word ‘normal’ mean anyway? People use it as a baseline when referring to so many things. more »»

One day at a time

February 12, 2015 I know I’m speaking for all of us when I say we all worry about our kids each and every day. We worry about everything—appointments, procedures, school issues, etc. — my list can go on forever. more »»

Enjoy the journey

December 11, 2014 I’m sure you’ve heard many parent say, “enjoy them while they’re little, they grow up so fast.” I know how true this is because my kids are 15 and 12. more »»

Be thankful

November 14, 2014 We all have things to be thankful for at this time of year—and always. But since we all go through our days so very busy, we miss out on appreciating the little things in our day to be grateful f. more »»

Are we heroes?

October 13, 2014 Christopher Reeve said, "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. more »»

Change Is Good

September 9, 2014 I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “change is good” in many different situations from a variety of people. But if you’re a parent of child with special needs, you know this isn’t always true. more »»

Trust the Process

May 27, 2014 What is the first thing you think about when you realize how much you’ve endured as a special parent? Do you think about how you’ve changed, evolved as a person and have become the individual you... more »»



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Rock On!

May 9, 2017 Recently on a trip with my kids and my mom, while I was in a shop looking around, my mom sat down on a bench outside and noticed something sitting next to her. more »

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