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It takes a village

November 13, 2018 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 »»

One step at a time

October 8, 2018 No matter where you are on your special parent journey.. more »»

Why fit in?

September 13, 2018 “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” has always been my favorite Dr. Suess quote…and since my daughter came into the world sixteen years ago, it is even more meaningful to me. more »»

Trust your heart

April 4, 2018 I believe all parents have instincts, or parental intuition, and I feel parents of children with special needs have a little more of these instincts. Because we need them. more »»

Celebrating seasons

October 10, 2017 Is there a certain time of year that is particularly challenging for you as it relates to your special child? Maybe it is a specific date or season that brings on anxiety of when you first entered... more »»

2 quick breakfast recipes to the rescue

September 21, 2017 At the beginning of the year, my family grew by two more feet. We added a sweet little girl to our family of four. Adding another baby came with added challenges. more »»

Vision of hope

September 21, 2017 When your child was younger, did you have hope? Hope for his or her future? Or did you spend most of your time in survival mode? If you recently became a special parent, can you put yourself in a... more »»

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 »»



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