I’d like to think my daughter with disabilities always showed up to school looking pretty in her matching outfits and stylish hairdos. But there were days when I was out of town and Daddy was on his own to expose his limited skills at taming hair and matching anything.Read More
Learning to ride a bicycle is a rite of passage, as is a parent running alongside the two-wheeler absent its training wheels.
Remember your first time? That instant you felt the sensation of flying free and pedaling “all by myself” into a whole new league with the big kids.Read More
My young friend Steve has good looks, personality, a big smile, and a disability you cannot see. His “normal” outward appearance masks his intellectual disability, caused by a genetic condition.
When disabilities are easy to spot, it’s easy to be kind. But people like Steve, high functioning with mild cognitive impairment, need a little kindness too.Read More
The term “empty nester” often doesn’t apply to parents of a child with disabilities. Most kids leave home sometime in their twenties, and it’s a safe bet that by their thirties, they’ll be outta there.
Unless they can’t fly.Read More
When you’ve got young kids, family calendars typically are packed with activities, too many sometimes. Eventually, you find yourself explaining to one why he can’t join a third baseball team for the summer. But why not, Mommy? Because Mommy will lose her mind, that’s why not. Darling.
For kids with special needs, the opposite is true.Read More
Someone once said to me in a conversation about the high cost of college tuition, “You’re lucky. You’re only putting three of your four kids through college. That’s a nice savings.” Savings? Are you kidding me?Read More