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It seems like just yesterday I brought her home from the hospital, and yet, somehow, she’s headed off to high school. Four years filled with times she’ll remember forever and some she’ll want to swiftly forget. It all became real...
I remember it like it was yesterday. We were headed to Disney — no strollers and no diaper bag for the first time ever. We waltzed through the entrance with our “see ya, suckers” faces directed towards the parents...
I'm a mom in her thirties, and in the time I've been alive, incredible advancements have been made for people with Down syndrome. When I was born, in the 1980s, people with Down syndrome had a life expectancy of...
Last month I blogged about giftedness and twice exceptionality and how to decide if you should have your child tested. This month, I’m blogging about the intensity of gifted and twice exceptional children. Emotional intensities are not exclusive to...
As a young, first-time mother, Crystal imagined a bright future for her baby girl. She dreamed of reading books to her, singing special made-up songs to her, taking her to the river where she learned to fish, and all...
I’m not exaggerating when I say that my son is rarely alone for more than five minutes. I know this because I am rarely alone for more than five minutes. And, it’s exhausting! From the minute my 8-year-old wakes...
They call them “flyers.” The athletes you see during cheer routines doing high-flying twists and flips. Lauren Garrett, a sophomore at her high school, is a flyer. In September 2019, during a stunt she’s done many times before, something...
When 10-month-old Phillip Simmons gets to an age when he can understand, his mother Mary Hunstein has a story to tell him about the day his life was saved when he was only four weeks old. Mary was a busy...
Before the new Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure exhibit opened at MOSH I let my son Cole skip school and attend a special sneak peek, behind the scenes tour of the new exhibit with me. The agreement was, that in...
The biggest misconception about gifted children is that they are always a joy to teach and are typically successful in the classroom. This is untrue. Gifted children can be obstinate, confusing, too emotional, too energetic, and too talkative. They...
I’ve battled anxiety throughout most of my adult life. Little did I know how much worse it would get once I had a child to add to my worries. Not just little worries like him getting hurt at the...
I’ve always felt a mixed bag of emotions regarding tablets with my children, who are now 4 and 7 years old. The way we use them with our kids has changed over the last couple years, but it’s complicated. My...

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