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I have been there

March 5, 2012 When you are raising a child with special needs, you see the world in a whole new way—because our kids have changed the make-up of our hearts, the way in which we respond to things around us has... more »»

Through their eyes

January 30, 2012 We all want the best for our children—we want to see them progress in the areas that they struggle in, sometimes even before they are developmentally ready for it. more »»

The gift of our words

December 6, 2011 Even though it is called the “most wonderful time of the year,” the holidays can be a source of stress for families of children with special needs. more »»

Change is good

November 1, 2011 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 »»

Special sense

October 4, 2011 I often describe raising a child with special needs as a journey—one with many twists and turns. One definition of “journey” is: “traveling from one place to another, usually taking a long time. more »»

Taking one step at a time

August 29, 2011 No matter where you are on your special parent journey... more »»

It takes a village

May 24, 2011 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 true. more »»

Rejoice in your extraordinary parenting

May 2, 2011 “Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.... more »»

Revive your heart

April 1, 2011 From the moment we found out our child would be differently-abled, our hearts changed forever. It takes some time to get used to this transformatio. more »»

Flip-flop moments

March 1, 2011 In this season of thankfulness, I am very grateful for flip-flops. Yes, flip-flops. I am very grateful for the skill it takes to keep them on your feet, and the sound they make as you walk. more »»

Special parent, special heart

January 31, 2011 Special parenting decision-making can be absolutely maddening at times. Ever since we learned our child was not typically developing, we all have gone in and out of what I call “survival mode. more »»

Savoring moments of triumph

January 3, 2011 When you think of the word “triumph” what comes to mind? Some bold act of a movie character? Maybe a sporting victory by your favorite team? What kind of pictures can you see? Men and women winning ... more »»

Moments of hope

October 5, 2010 By Maria Spencer From the very beginning of our journey as special parents, we learn our kids have to be taught things most parents take for granted. more »»

Hope will find you

September 7, 2010 Where do you find hope? Where do you see hope? Would you recognize hope if it suddenly turned its face to you? Depending on where you are at any given moment, day or week on your specia... more »»

Super Parent

May 24, 2010 Because of all the challenges we have had to overcome as special parents, we tend to think we have to always be “super-human” and “hero”-like. more »»

I Have Been There

April 6, 2010 When you are raising a child with special needs, you see the world in a whole new way—because our kids have changed the make-up of our hearts, the way in which we respond to things around us... more »»

Stop and enjoy the scenery

March 8, 2010 When people ask me “How is your daughter doing?” my most recent response has been, “better than me on most days. more »»

Save your energy

December 7, 2009 A very wise friend of mine gave me some great advice early on in my special parenting journey—she said these few, very simple, yet very powerful words—”Save your energ... more »»

Taking things one day at a time

October 6, 2009 I have been on this special parenting journey for six years now, and the most valuable thing I have learned recently is that we have to take this one day at a time. more »»

On special siblings

September 8, 2009 This month is dedicated to all of the special siblings and siblings to-b. more »»



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