Five Tips for Interacting with a Person with Special Needs

People often say that they don’t know how to interact with a person with special needs. Here are some tips: 1. Treat Them Like Any Other Human Being Special needs or not, people are just people. Treat them the way you would want to be treated, and the way you would treat anyone else. If … More Five Tips for Interacting with a Person with Special Needs

Beauty for Ashes

It happened. The day that I knew was coming, and have been dreading since the day our sweet little boy with special needs was born, happened. Two boys were laughing at our angel. And at church, no less. It’s the kind of thing that you replay over and over in your mind, trying to make … More Beauty for Ashes

Cutting the Stress Out of Cutting Your Child’s Nails

Cutting your child’s nails doesn’t have to be a fight. Try these tips to cut the stress out of cutting your child’s nails. Buy a good pair of clippers/scissors so that you can get the job done faster and easier. Dull tools will only make your job harder.  See suggested products below. If your child is a … More Cutting the Stress Out of Cutting Your Child’s Nails

The R-Word

  “You’re retarded.” It’s a phrase I hear at the park, standing in line at the grocery store, written on Facebook posts, and out of the mouths of children and adults alike. Though there I stand with my child with special needs, this black smut spews forth. And I wish it didn’t. Maybe you meant … More The R-Word

The Dreaded Haircut

If the thought of giving your child a haircut fills you with immense dread and loathing, then this post is for you. And you’re not alone. Pulling off a haircut that doesn’t end up looking like a lawn mower attacked, while wrestling a screaming child who is resisting your every effort with herculean strength, is … More The Dreaded Haircut

I’m Not Sorry

Sometimes when I tell people that my son has Down syndrome, they reply by saying they’re sorry. The next time you’re tempted to tell someone who has a child with special needs that “You’re sorry,” don’t. It may come from a place of caring. It may be well intended. But what you just said is … More I’m Not Sorry