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A blog about all things related to living as a family with a disabled child.

ADHD in the Classroom | From a Mother’s Point of View

ADHD in the Classroom | From a Mother’s Point of View

As I was scrolling through Facebook the other day I came across a heartfelt post from my friend whose child struggles with ADHD. That struggle has led to a lot of emotional trauma due to having ADHD in the classroom. It was such a well thought-out post and with it...

Ugly Truths from a Special Needs Mom

Ugly Truths from a Special Needs Mom

In the three short years that I've been a special needs mom, there are some unexpected and somewhat ugly truths that I've learned when it comes to being a parent of a special needs child. These truths were not found in a pamphlet in a doctor's office or explained to...

5 Life Lessons from Frozen 2

5 Life Lessons from Frozen 2

Wow! Just wow. My daughter and I watched Frozen 2 yesterday afternoon and I am just blown away by how many life lessons are packed into this movie. It was such an indescribable time for me as we sat there laughing together and crying (well, okay, I was the only one...

Hydrocephalus in Babies – Your Most Common Questions Answered

Hydrocephalus in Babies – Your Most Common Questions Answered

The most common condition caused by Spina Bifida is hydrocephalus in babies. This comes with its own set of worries and a mountain of information to comprehend. Today we are answering some of the most common questions parents have about hydrocephalus.   What is...

SSI Disability – Is There SSI for Children?

SSI Disability – Is There SSI for Children?

For most parents with special needs kids, dealing with endless medical bills, insurance, doctor’s appointments, and medical supplies and equipment has become a part of everyday life. Along with that is a constant need for a little extra help in the money department....

10 Ways to Prepare for Spina Bifida Awareness Month

10 Ways to Prepare for Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Most of you may not know this but October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month! I love October with the changing of the leaves, the smell of the cool crisp air, pumpkins and hayrides, and celebrating the end of the month with our neighborhood trick-or-treating on...

Why We Chose Not to Have Prenatal Surgery (And How It Turned Out)

Why We Chose Not to Have Prenatal Surgery (And How It Turned Out)

Although it is impossible to tell you how many surgeries your child will need or when to expect the next one, that very first surgery could be before your little one is even born. This type of surgery is called open fetal repair surgery for myelomeningocele (also...

How to Deal with the Diagnosis of Having a Child with Spina Bifida

How to Deal with the Diagnosis of Having a Child with Spina Bifida

We don't usually get to choose our family. We don't get to choose our parents, our siblings, or our extended family no matter how much we would like that option at times. I so badly wanted to be a part of the Huxtable family as a child. Do you remember "The Cosby...