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Kristi Rieger Campbell
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Kristi Rieger Campbell is a semi-lapsed career woman with 20 years of marketing experience in a variety of global technology companies. While she works part-time, her passion is writing and drawing stupid-looking pictures for her blog, Finding Ninee. It began with a memoir about her special-needs son Tucker, abandoned when Kristi read that a publisher would rather shave a cat than read another memoir. She writes for a variety of parenting websites, is published in four popular anthologies and was a proud LTYM DC 2014 cast member. She received 2014 BlogHer's Voice of the Year People's Choice Award and almost always leaves the house in either flip-flops or Uggs, depending on the weather.

Entries by Kristi Rieger Campbell

Girl Superheroes Need Better Powers

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 4:45 PM

This is a story about my son, and about how one night, while climbing the stairs to bed, he broke down in tears because my favorite Spider-Man was the same as his. It's about how I failed him as a girl and as a woman, and about how girl superheroes'...

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When I Am Old, I Want To Remember My Now-Little Boy

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 4:24 PM

Just before drifting off to sleep, my son rolls over to check that I'm still there and grips my hand more tightly in his. I like to think that he's locking my presence into his dreams. Sometimes, while lying in the dark or playing in the light, I think about...

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What It Feels Like to Be a Special Needs Mom

(9) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Having a child with special needs feels much the same as it does not having one, and yet, well... different. Having a child with special needs feels like you won the lottery times infinity times a gajillion because, as every mom knows, having a baby introduces a level of love...

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How I Was So Wrong About The 'R' Word

(28) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:27 PM

As a child, I thought that people's lives happened on purpose. That you found love when you'd planned to, and that babies came when you decided that you were ready for them. At some point, I realized that life happens accidentally, while you're still figuring out what it is that...

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Sometimes, I'm Not Myself. By My Maybe-Autistic Son. Sort Of.

(18) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:39 PM

We've had to work hard to help my son Tucker (who has special needs) find his words. Applied Behavior Analysis therapy has been instrumental in helping him, both with attempting words and regulating his behavior. When under stress, it's much more difficult for him to express himself. The...

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The Land of Empathy and Wonder

(23) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:58 PM

I'd like to live in The Land of Empathy and Wonder.

I'd like to live in a land where my son Tucker is one of many and the many have a variety of differences. None of those differences are considered afflictions, disabilities, special needs or delays. In this land, everybody's...

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