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Two Awesome Moms Blog About Special Needs Children

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.08.2016 | Parents
Marcia G. Yerman

Parenting is a journey and a challenge. At #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, I attended the panel, Storytelling Builds Bridges: I Want You To Know Me; Storytelling about Special Needs Parenting and Disability. It drew a room full of mothers and fathers of "atypical" children. The top takeaway was, "When you share your stories with virtual strangers, you are not alone."

Don't Call Us Great Parents Just Because We Have a Child With Disabilities

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Considering parents of kids with special needs to be saints overestimates us, and underestimates our children.

Mom's Powerful Response To Hate Letter About Son With Autism

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.29.2013 | Parents

Karla Begley, the mother whose son with autism was the subject of a shockingly disturbing hate letter is taking a stand against intolerance and hate. ...

My Message For People Who Pity Kids With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

How crushing would it be to know that others think you are a lesser human being? Or that you are an "unlucky child" (who grows into an unlucky adult)? Our kids need every bit of confidence they can get in this world.

20 Things My Daughter Wants Me To Feel Guilty About | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents

Here's the thing about this onslaught of mom guilt: I refuse to engage. What's helped deflect it is knowing that I am not a perfect mom, because there is no such thing as a perfect mom. I am a doing-the-best-that-I-can mom.

How Labels Fail Our Kids

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When people figure that Max has autism because he looks or acts a certain way, or when people think that kids with autism are like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, they presume to know what our children are like -- which does our kids a major disservice.

What Everyone Should Know About Cerebral Palsy

Ellen Seidman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

What does it really mean to have cerebral palsy? Until I had a child with CP, I had no clue that it affects every person differently. As with any human, kids and adults with CP are as unique as their thumbprints.

I Am A Special Needs Warrior Mom

Ellen Seidman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

We are special needs warrior moms, and we are proud. Because when we look at the progress our kids make, and how far they have come, we know it's all worth it.

5 Things You Can Learn From My Potty-Training Saga | Posted 02.27.2013 | Parents

There is no magical age when kids are suddenly primed to go potty; it's all about their readiness level, and it's not something you can push or even force.

4 Powerful Reactions To Sandy Hook

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 12.21.2012 | Parents

On a fundamental level, there are no words for the pain, fear and grief the Connecticut shooting engendered worldwide -- and yet, moms and dads across...

8 Things I've Forgiven My Kids For | Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents

Our love for our kids is unconditional. And so, I officially forgive my kids for all of the following.

Parents In Uproar Over Ann Coulter Tweets

Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents

Ann Coulter used only 74 of Twitter’s allotted 140 characters for her brief debate recap on Monday night -- but six of those were enough to awaken i...

Watching My Son Climb The Stairs For The First Time

Ellen Seidman | Posted 12.02.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When milestones like this happen, I flash back to my first meeting with Sue, the most lovely Early Intervention coordinator. "He will surprise and amaze you, you'll see," she said. He's never stopped.

Blog Posts We Loved This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 09.07.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, two moms write thoughtful posts for the first-ever World Cerebral Palsy Day, Kristen Chase stands up for airplane-bound babi...

Why You Shouldn't Pity My Child with Cerebral Palsy

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

One of my most desperate wishes for Max is for people to quit pitying him or being wary of him and just see him as a kid, period.

The Week's Best Mom And Dad Blogs

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 08.09.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, we envy the Blair family's quick trip to the Olympics, develop a yen for The Wednesday Chef's delicious-looking meatballs, d...

10 Questions All Parents Ask Themselves | Posted 09.05.2012 | Parents

The everyday head-scratchers that crop up once you become a parent can be every bit as perplexing as these biggies (and some days, even more so). Ever asked yourself any of these questions?

Kids Fill In The Blanks ... With Hilarious Results

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.25.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Ever have to stifle laughter around your kid because you know you shouldn't be cracking up over something they've done but it's beyond funny?

Are Kids With Special Needs Really A Burden To Society?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

No person's merit (let alone a child's) should be irrevocably determined by how his muscles move, the way his brain works, or whether he speaks in the way that people typically speak or looks the way people typically look.

What I Know About Motherhood Now That I Have A Child With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

To me, Max is just a great kid, not a kid with special needs. We've both developed a lot in the years since he was born. Here's what I've learned along the way.

Pledge To Ban The 'R-Word' For Good

Posted 03.08.2012 | Impact

Nine-year-old Max is bright, funny and motivated. He also has cerebral palsy, a condition his mom fears will lead people to insult him with insensitiv...

Is It Time For This Word To Go?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Language is a living thing, regularly pruning words that once had benign meaning ("retarded", for instance, was a medical term for "slowed") after they take on connotations beyond their original point. This process is not just window dressing or political correctness but rather a chance and provides a regular re-evaluation of whether we are saying what we really mean.

Finding The Perfect Toy For A Child With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.31.2012 | Parents

Ellen Seidman writes Love that Max: A Blog About Kids With Special Needs Who Kick Butt. Named for her nine-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy, it is...

A Child Dies From Getting Botox, A Mother Sues

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ellen Seidman

I'd venture that this is a typical mixed reaction you might get from a parent of a kid with special needs. It's hard not to be tempted by alternate treatments when mainstream medicine offers so few options.

Sahil Kapur

Manzullo Fumes Against Tougher Consumer Protection Laws | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing Wednesday to discuss how best to overhaul the nation's financial regulations, including expandin...