How Having a Preemie Changed Me

It dawned on me the other day when I was talking with another preemie mom that I am not the same person as I was before. Our experience changed me. I think mostly for the good... ...more
@Linda W Clarke That's wonderful! I also found myself becoming more spiritual during Jax's time ...more

Top 7 Responses to the Stupid Things People Say to Moms of Kids with Issues

Ahhh, those wonderful and "well-meaning" people who always have something to say about our "issues kids" and our parenting.We first wrote about them in our Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions post, but they really need no introduction....more

Slowing Down , Splashing In The Rain

IIt is bedtime, and my daughter Zoe, fresh from her bath, is heading to the kitchen table for her nightly medicine and dessert. She is tired, I can tell, by the slow way her legs come together, causing a clumsy and uneven gait. Step by step, she makes her way pulling her walker behind her. She moves forward to the promise of cookies and milk, humming her way down the hall....more

The Epic Big Deal of My Son Playing Soccer at Recess

Every single night, after reading a story together and singing a bedtime song, David and I talk about his day at school. I can't just generally ask him how his day went, because the answer is always "good." Of course, in his defense, he almost never has a bad day at school. ...more
Fantastic - it's like that birthday party test for my kids. My girls have special needs and ...more

Supporting musically talented children

Musically talented children often face an uphill battle when trying to maintain enthusiasm for their studies. What typically starts with excitement and focused effort can end in boredom, apathy and disappointment. Several authors (e.g., Haroutounian, 2002, Parncutt & McPherson, 2002) have offered ideas for enhancing musical training and motivating young musicians....more

Ending Disney's Guest Assistance Card Program: Thanks, Jerks

Ending Disney's Guest Assistance Card Program Thanks, Jerks. ...more

There's Always a Critic!

I am the last person on earth to claim that I am a stellar mom. Quite the contrary. I have made mistakes left and right but, the one constant is that I love my children and through all our ups and downs they truly know that....more


As a freshman at Purdue studying Fine Arts, I spent an entire semester drawing the same structure. Three days a week. Every week. Four months. The same thing....more

The Joy of Baking

The Joy of Baking ...more

Don't Trust Your Instincts

I know - it flies in the face of conventional parenting wisdom.  You always are supposed to trust your instincts as a parent, when that little voice tells you that the fever is something serious, get it checked.  When your child answers "nothing" in an innocent tone of voice when you holler in to see what's going on, and your instincts tell you otherwise, most often they're in the middle of something they shouldn't be doing.  And when your instincts tell you that your child is scared and vulnerable and anxious, and wants only to be picked up and comforted - don't do it....more