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Mom Talk: Disabled Moms Interview Project Featuring Pauline Victoria

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Disabled Moms: An Interview Project

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m running an interview series with other moms with disabilities!

I went first with my own interview (linked here, which includes the podcast and distraction-free PDF).

If you are a mom with a disability and would like to participate, please download the questions here, and send them back to me via email (meriahnichols@gmail.com) or tap at me if you’d rather record a vlog instead!

Moms with Disabilities

Pauline has been dear to me for a long time. I’ve introduced her to you before, the first time when Micah was 4 years old, then as a “Cool Cat” in my original interview series with interesting people with disabilities. Then it was a post on what happened (to her, her life, disability philosophy and spirituality).

If you are going to go back to any of these links, just go the last one on what happened, because It explains a lot more about our friendship and includes a few really great videos that Pauline produced on her YouTube channel (and don’t worry; I’ll have links to All Things Pauline at the end of this post!)

Pauline's one of my closest friends

To whit, she’s one of the people I have listed to pick up my kids from school in the case of an emergency.

She’s someone who Gets Stuff Done. She’s smart, funny, pretty and she laughs at my jokes so that means she’s really kind too. She’s also a mother. So I really, really wanted to capture a talk with her in which I ask her some questions that are specifically about being a disabled mom.

Disabled Moms and Parenting with a Disability

This is, of course, always going to be different according to who is the parent!

Pauline homeschools, taught her son Latin and (oh, I don’t know…) calculus when he was 9! Not all disabled moms do that! Her story is hers, and it speaks to her journey, and also the diversity that we have within the disabled parent community.

The video below is 22 minutes, and is auto-captioned through YouTube. I checked it and it only made a couple of mistakes, so I think that’s okay.

Here we go:

Mom Talk: Pauline & Meriah Chat About Being a Mom with a Disability

I loved chatting with Pauline about being a disabled mom, and I’ll bet you loved listening to her perspective (sorry I kept getting so engrossed in the conversation that I forgot to pay attention to what the camera was doing!). I also love that we were having the chat while doing the most mundane of all Mom Things: waiting for our kids.

If you have more questions, be sure to comment here, or tap at Pauline through her own YouTube channel (which is awesome! I love it!), social media or her site – all links are below.

All Things Pauline

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Memoirs and how-to from moms with disabilities:

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Meriah
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor, teacher and blogger. Single mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E), she is also a cat-loving Trekkie who likes her coffee hot and black.
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