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Disabled Parenting

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Disabled Parenting, Parenting with a Disability and Just Plain Ole’ Parenting

Being a mom is at the core of who I am.

As a mom with disabilities, my path through motherhood has been full of learning curves: learning curves that deal with my own disabilities and learning curves that deal with my kid’s disabilities (that are different from my own).

I’ve always been eager to connect with other moms across the disability spectrum. Sure, I know dads count too – but my interest is primarily in connecting with other moms.

I started to write something along the lines of how us moms grow our babies in our bodies, and how our bodies are fundamentally affected by being a mother… but then I thought of disabled moms that I know who adopted, and changed my line of writing. Because they count too.

I guess it’s not just about growing a baby yourself: it’s about all the things that wrap us up in being a mother: what we faced along the way. Our hopes and dreams. Accommodations, figuring stuff out. The prejudice we have dealt with and continue to deal with. The fear that all of us seem to have of having our kids taken from us. These are things that us moms in the disability community face over and over again, and it’s what makes me feel so connected to my sisters across the disability spectrum who are mothers, biological or otherwise.

Disabled Moms Interview Project

I used Mother’s Day as an excuse to ask for interviews with other disabled moms. I’d love to keep interviews going with moms, and see how we can talk more about all of the pieces of our lives, flesh them out, make known our truths.

If you are a disabled mom, please connect with me to share your story.

The posts below are a combination of posts from the Disabled Moms Project, and my own blog posts about parenting

How Can a Parent Get Ahead When School is Always Out?

This is about the American school system and it's fundamental differences with working hours and higher ed. The American school system is fundamentally out of synch with the working hours that parents keep. It's even out of synch with higher education calendars. I noticed this of course in California, but this has slapped me in ... Read more How Can a Parent Get Ahead When School is Always Out?

Disabled Moms Interview Project: DeafBlind Mom Lisa Ferris

Disabled Moms Interview Project, Featuring Stacy Cervenka

Disabled Moms: An Interview Project In honor of Mother's Day, I ran an interview series with other moms with disabilities throughout the month of May. I enjoyed this so much that I thought I'd keep rolling with it and keep introducing you to cool moms who have disabilities! This interview with Stacy Cervenka  is available ... Read more Disabled Moms Interview Project, Featuring Stacy Cervenka

Book Review: “No Ordinary Boy” by Jennifer Johannesen

I am re-publishing this review of No Ordinary boy because it is Owen's birthday. He would be 21 if he were alive today. In commemorating her son, Jennifer is offering No Ordinary Boy free as a PDF. It is linked at the end of this post. No Ordinary Boy No Ordinary Boy is a relatively ... Read more Book Review: “No Ordinary Boy” by Jennifer Johannesen

Disabled Moms Interview Project with Sandi Parsons

Disabled Moms Interview Project, featuring Sandi Parsons

Disabled Moms Interview Project: Featuring Lorna Duff-Howie

Disabled Moms Interview Project, featuring Lorna Howie-Duff

Disabled Moms Interview Project: Featuring Kari Turner

Disabled Moms Interview Project, featuring Kari Turner

Mom Talk: Disabled Moms Interview Project Featuring Pauline Victoria

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 ... Read more Mom Talk: Disabled Moms Interview Project Featuring Pauline Victoria

Searching for the Rainbow: Parenting with C-PTSD

Trigger warning: this post describes aspects of C-PTSD and pieces of the mental wellness puzzle. My daughter shrieked. It was that air-tearing, earth-ripping shriek that she gives when she is mad and won't reach for words, it's the shriek that always fills me with fear for her future, that someone will hear that and think ... Read more Searching for the Rainbow: Parenting with C-PTSD

Nobody Told Me

It’s not all peaches and cream. Adulting is hard.

Child Safety: 5 Things that Will Help Keep Your Bolting Child Safe

In This Post You Will Find:Child Safety:1. GPS tracking device.2. ID Bracelets:3. Sound Alerts:4. Barriers5. While Out: Simple Solutions Child Safety: I’d like to be able to just let my kids roam freely. But my daughter Moxie figured out a way to escape recently. She took her brother’s stool, put it under the door, unlocked … Read more Child Safety: 5 Things that Will Help Keep Your Bolting Child Safe

Choosing Moxie: A Birth Story About Disability and Bravery

  I. The beginning of my pregnancy with Moxie feels jumbled, as I recollect it now, some 3 years later. It’s a blur of happenings, events moving swiftly upon each other like quick waves that peak in a tsunami. The blur may be due to the events themselves or may be to the way my mind works – I ... Read more Choosing Moxie: A Birth Story About Disability and Bravery

The Extreme Parenting Video Project

I know this is by and for parents of kids with special needs…but somehow when I watched it, I also heard the echoes of the voices of my friends with typically-developing kids. Everyone goes through that period – the one where you are like, WHAT IN THE HELL DID I JUST SIGN UP FOR?!   … Read more The Extreme Parenting Video Project