Posts in category Special Needs Children

Hidden Benefits of Parenting on Scary...

The day arrives. The newborn child coos in your lap—her big, broad life on your mind. When will she walk? When will he talk? As a parent with a special needs child, these questions suck….but….what changes? The whole damned game. Find out the hidden secrets things some of us know about parenting children with special n [...]

Down Syndrome Awareness Month –...

Down Syndrome Awareness Month – A Time to Fly
When we open our eyes and look around, we see all types. Not long ago, we hid the different and found a backroom to put our challenges in. When we open doors, we become aware. We see. When we see with our eyes, we give room for our hearts to see past the limitations. We’ve all got a job to do. We’ve all got to fly. I [...]

Terminating a Pregnancy Due to Down S...

I never, for an instant, thought of terminating the pregnancy, even when I found problems in the pregnancy indicated a chance of Down syndrome.  I never had prenatal testing. But, what would I tell another mother to do if she found out her child had Down syndrome in prenatal testing? The answer is as loaded as the question, and i [...]

The Spongebob Musical Already Underwa...

David Bowie, Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, and John Legend are a few of the big names lending original songs to a Spongebob Musical to premier July 3rd, 2016 in the Windy City at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in July 2016. We’re already dancing and singing to Spongebob. The appeal of Spongebob has me stumped. [...]

Television: Not Ashamed to Say I Love...

Television: Not Ashamed to Say I Love and Need It
One day in a college class, the professor asked us who watched television. A woman a few rows over from me talked with big hand gestures and voiced disdain for the lowly and terrible television. She only watched PBS and inferred those that watched anything else were stupid and beneath gutter scum. I tried to listen but couldnR [...]

The BIG Story: Asking Stores to Provi...

The BIG story still is a big story – asking stores, especially big stores, to provide Caroline’s Cart for their customers. The word spread and people are asking. Here’s the story, pass it on and let’s make a change! Thanks to all who’ve asked, added, and became informed about the cart. Call 1-800-3 [...]

When Do You Know You’ll be OK a...

Really, I don’t know. I wake up everyday and wonder how to manage. Today, he put his pants on, a wonderful feat, though they were backwards. His shirt too. Didn’t matter, we get excited about these steps, strides. When he slept in an incubator, I wondered, when will this be OK? I didn’t know then. Genetic defec [...]

Where Did that Paddle Go? And Those E...

We paddled straight into the wind to get to calm waters. Water is relaxing, fun, and full of interesting lessons in how the world works. With a life jacket on at all times, my son loves to test the waters. He looked into the water and poked at the lily pads. I noticed he wasn’t paddling. “Where did your paddle go?R [...]

Open Letter to All BIG Stores: Get Ca...

Dear Big Stores, I’m asking for a little help. There are those of us who cannot manage shopping at your stores without great distress. Children with special needs outgrow carts with baby seats; some elderly cannot walk the aisles; some special needs, at any age, may not be able to handle the wheelchairs provided. Caroline&# [...]

When My Legs Stop Working, They Pick ...

Sometimes my legs won’t go anymore. Steps. Too many. Too high. Too much. I want my legs to work. Like them. But it’s hard. When I’m tired, Someone sees me. When I can’t make things go, Someone sees me. It’s family. They pick me up. Take me with. And never. Ever. Leave me behind. var OB_platformT [...]

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