What You Need to Know About Special Needs Families In Quarantine, And How You Can Help Them

As states across the U.S. figure out how and when to open up following weeks of COVID-19 induced quarantine, special needs families are struggling behind closed doors in unique ways, and will continue to do so, long after their friends with typically developing children return to a somewhat normal life. As the mother of two…

On Becoming “That Mom”

I dislike helicopter parenting. Very early on my husband and I both realized, and thoroughly embraced the fact, that getting these kids out of the house sooner rather than later meant encouraging independence from the get go. We agreed to let our children have the same carefree childhood we both grew up experiencing. As baby…

The Lenten Luck of a Serious Diagnosis, by Alicia Schonhardt

For parents who have a child with a diagnosis that involves potential terminal complications or a straight-out shorter life expectancy, the words we hear on Ash Wednesday aren’t that revolutionary.  “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” I know. From the beginning I’ve known that SJIA, the diagnosis of our daughter Cee,…