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My Son's Rendition Of 'Let It Go' Will Change The Way You Think About Singing

Ellen Seidman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Some people might listen and think that Max is just "trying" to sing. To them I'd say: change your definition of singing.

A Letter To The Mom Who Stared At My Child With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

I notice the stare-glares every single time, and a mix of emotions runs through me: Fury. Distress. Heartache for my son. And confusion: What exactly is the problem here?

15 Superpowers Special Needs Moms Have

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

9. The ability to morph into various people at any given time: Therapist! Teacher! Nurse! Cook! Coach! Cheerleader! Secretary! Chauffeur! Personal shopper! Ball buster! Boo-boo kisser!

The Question I Shouldn't Have Asked About My Special Needs Child

Ellen Seidman | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

The best piece of advice I ever got about raising a child with special needs was to look at how he's doing, not at his medical records or the X-rays of his brain with all the grayish-white blobs where the damage occurred.

The Grief My Son Does Not Deserve

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Max's 11th birthday is coming up. My 11th anniversary as a mom is coming up. His birth will never be a happy event for me, yet why does it have to still hurt so much? It feels as if I am doing Max wrong by grieving this way. He doesn't deserve that.

Does This 7-Year-Old Seem Exploited To You?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Holly is a beautiful girl who happens to have CP. End of story. A great beginning for Holly!

Is It Bad To Give Kids And Teens With Disabilities Special Sports Treatment?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

As the parent of a child with disability, I read the stories and watch the videos and I'm happy for the kids and parents. But lately, I've had concerns. What happens after the kid's moment in the spotlight is over?

Moms Speak Out About Lack Of Cerebral Palsy Research

Ellen Seidman | Posted 12.02.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day 2013, a great thing for the attention it will bring CP and the ideas people will share for bettering the lives of people with CP. There's just one other thing a day like this needs: a call for more research dedicated to cerebral palsy.

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. ...

What I Don't Wish For My Son With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

I will do whatever I can within my powers to pave the road Max walks on and make his path in life easier. But I love this kid, the one I got.

Why I'm So Grateful For A Purple Beach Shovel

Ellen Seidman | Posted 09.06.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Max isn't into board games. He still needs help with coloring, painting and doing crafts. And so, moving around trucks is his best way to play independently. Then came The Purple Shovel.

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.

One Word That Can Change Our Understanding Of Kids With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.27.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

So often our kids' challenges are described in terms of impairment (disability, special needs), words that encompass their entire beings. But "rebel" makes it clear it's just a part of them that's acting up. It doesn't let their challenges define who they are.

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.

Quiz: Do You Get Why You Shouldn't Say The R-Word?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

To illuminate why the r-word is so demeaning, why parents take it so personally and why this isn't just about a word, I put together a little quiz I hope you'll share. The prize for acing it: a lifetime supply of compassion, consideration and soul.

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

Babble.com | Posted 02.27.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

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.

The Simple Act That Banished My Sadness

Ellen Seidman | Posted 02.01.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

I think I speak for many moms of kids with special needs when I say we don't want pity; it's isolating. But a smile or words that say hey, motherhood is tough -- any kind of motherhood is tough -- are reassuring.

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.

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

Babble.com | Posted 09.05.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

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?