Posts tagged " development "

The crappiest part of having a non-verbal child

February 23rd, 2017 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories I hate it when people are shocked to learn that Daniel is 6 years old. I hate it that I have to speak for him when strangers ask him questions like “Oh, what’s your name?” I hate it that he can’t whisper what he wants into Santa’s ear… Read more »

What you NEED to know about your special-needs child’s future

October 21st, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories At a craft fair in April of 2014 my booth was across from a woman selling dried noodles. Unfortunately, it was an unseasonably warm day and instead of people looking for something to do inside — like a craft fair — everyone was outside enjoying the first hints… Read more »

“I’ll never forget what you did for me and my baby”

October 19th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories October 15th was National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. That particular day is bittersweet for any parent who has suffered a loss, this year it was especially hard for a woman named Jacinta Masters.                         *Masters and now 2-year-old daughter Charlotte. At 25 weeks pregnant Jacinta found… Read more »

6 things that change when babies start to walk

September 22nd, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Sabrina Garibian posted in Mom Stories “Go, Valentina! Go, Valentina!” my older kids shouted as my new toddler Valentina took her first stumbling steps toward me recently. She was so frazzled by the giggles and shouts of encouragement from her big brother and sister that she promptly plopped down on her bottom, looked at us… Read more »

Belgium says stop trying to “fix” your special-needs child

July 8th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories There is one thing that is true of almost every special-needs parent I have encountered: we all have a tremendous amount of guilt. We feel guilty for skipping therapy, for getting frustrated, and for basically doing anything that isn’t spending time to help our special child overcome whatever… Read more »

How the world is failing the Zika baby

June 15th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories As a mother of a child who has special needs, I might be a little overly sensitive to what is going on with the whole Zika-microcephaly situation. My breath catches at each new headline: Pregnant and paranoid: A Louisiana mother’s guide to Zika, Official Map Finds Zika-Transmitting Mosquitoes… Read more »

Do you read to your baby? How it can make all the difference

June 6th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Jennifer Borget posted in Mom Stories Reading to my children was one of those things I looked forward to doing years before I had kids. Don’t ask me why, I’m not quite sure. I don’t have fond memories of my parents reading to me at bedtime or anything like that. But I have always… Read more »

Researchers say couples with 4+ kids are the happiest

May 27th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories At the age of 25, I thought I never wanted children. I once talked with a co-worker about my annoyance with people who brought children in with them to my workplace — only days later did I learn that I was actually pregnant with a “whoops baby.” Little… Read more »

Smooching in front of your kids may have health benefits

April 25th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Jennifer Borget posted in Mom Stories When my husband or I want a smooch in the kitchen or living room when the kids are nearby, we’ll go for it. But we know we’re asking for some company. Anything longer than a quick hug is a signal for the kids to come and get in… Read more »

10 most kid-friendly cities to visit in America

April 11th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Jennifer Borget posted in Mom Stories Now that my kids are getting a little older I’m having a lot of fun getting out and exploring with them. In the last couple of years we’ve explored Austin, visited San Antonio, and Heber Valley, Utah which I find both to have lots of family-friendly fun. Texas… Read more »