Ever have one of those days? One of those weeks? Months? Years? You simply do not know where you are going to get the strength to take one more step forward! The questions, answers, and everything else is so overwhelming, suffocating in fact, and there seems to be no end in sight . . .… Continue reading All it takes . . .
. . . that is the question. A wise woman, a managerial mentor, once taught me the valuable lesson of response versus reaction. This was a lesson in personnel management and not in parenting. Yet, the lesson can be applied in all facets of life when interacting with adverse people. Let's say someone rudely stares… Continue reading To Respond or To React . . .
It is impossible to always be happy. The myth is often shared that people with Down Syndrome are always happy. In twenty-eight years I can say that simply is not true. My sweet boy can become unhappy, disgruntled, frustrated, irritated, worried, sad, and so on just like any one else. Yet, the difference between him… Continue reading Joy
Emily Perl Kingsley wrote the poem, "Welcome to Holland," pictured here and for those of us unprepared for the arrival of a baby born with Down Syndrome, it offers a poignant way to claim perspective. Holland offers Blessings missed in the other tourist-y attractions around the world. Not that I've actually traveled outside of North… Continue reading Blessed . . . by Holland
Strength, that persistent ability to withstand, that willful exertion to lift, and that tenacious determination to be and do, can occasionally allude parents of children with special needs. For some, that moment an unborn child's diagnosis is given, for others, that moment a battery of tests unveils results once uncertain yet now confirmed, take one's… Continue reading Strength