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Prioritizing one-on-one time with my children daily has been fantastic for our relationship. I grew up the oldest of seven children, and I have very few individual memories with my parents. I have no doubt as a first child,...
"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to perserve and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." -Christopher Reeves When we received the diagnosis, I was silent. I heard what the doctor said and it took me a...
"Boys are just more... physical," she slyly said and grinned. "You’ll see." I was 1,000 months pregnant with my first child, a boy. Due any day, my friend Sharon, also mother to a son, was illuminating me on what having...
The doctor came into the room to discuss the scans that had been done earlier that same day. He introduced himself to us, sat down, and began to go over everything. When he looked up, we made eye contact,...
From the second my first child was born, I experienced the purest form of terror I’d ever known. Yes, of course, I was overwhelmed with love and responsibility — and wow, was he cute! — but really, the overarching...
After almost 13 years as a mother, you'd think I'd no longer be surprised when looking for my keys in my bag that I fish out a blue crayon and a Paw Patrol character, but I here am. When you...
Though they've been around for a while, somehow our family has just discovered the "No, David!" books. I think we originally received one as a gift. My older son enjoyed the book, but it wasn't his favorite. With my...
As a mother of two gifted children, there are a few things I’ve learned and noticed over the years. One of the most obvious being others’ expectations that are placed on them once someone learns of their giftedness. With...
Bedtime at our house takes around two hours. I know, that sounds ridiculous. And some nights it really is. But most nights it's the norm, and I don't want to change it. While I'm often tired, behind on laundry and...
Down Syndrome doesn't mean disability. It means learning to see the ability. Down Syndrome doesn't mean life as you know it is over. It means your life is just beginning. When I was pregnant and learned my baby’s diagnosis of Trisomy...
My kids have always been close. They are a year and a half apart, and despite being opposites in many ways, they have always loved playing together and shared a special bond. From toddler hugs and giggles to school-aged...
Families who were already struggling to afford basic essential needs during the pandemic are now facing a heavier burden as the price of diapers rises nearly 14 percent, and companies have stated prices will rise again. Furthermore, diapers are...

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