Posts tagged " health "

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 »

Wet-nurse mom who broke Facebook is back, check her out!

October 14th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories Last week Rebecca Wanosik’s Facebook account was suspended for a picture of her tandem nursing her baby along with a stranger’s. Rebecca shared the picture of the babies holding hands as they are bellied up to her large, milk-filled breasts. She explained “So last Friday night while I… Read more »

My kid jumped on my pregnant belly and gave me a fright

September 29th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Kelly Wilbanks posted in Mom Stories I waited on the phone for the advice nurse, hoping my ’bout of tummy troubles’ wasn’t hiding something worse. What had me really concerned was the day before my 52- pound 4-year-old playfully jumped on me as I was lying on my side. I’m basically a slug between… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Above everything, special-needs parents fear this

April 8th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories One of the hardest things about having a child with special needs is thinking about the future. If you have a child with a shortened life expectancy, it pains you to think about having to bury your own child. And if you have a child who quite possibly… Read more »

Why I’m so thankful for my special-needs mommy friends

March 28th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories At times, one of the hardest things about having a child with special needs isn’t the actual act of taking care of someone who needs more help at times, it’s the way your relationship with everyone in the world changes. It’s the way most of your friendships change… Read more »

History’s worst pregnancy advice — EVER.

March 7th, 2016 Posted by Breastfeeding, Misc No Comment yet

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories Long before I ever became pregnant, I read Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith. In the book, one of the main characters, Annie, conceives a child. And although I had yet to experience pregnancy there were several things about her child-growing experience that shocked me. At one… Read more »