The other day I woke up late, congested from a double whammy of bad allergies and a cold, to the high-pitched whines of one kid arguing that a nature show is not "a real movie" and the other running…around with a poop-filled diaper, refusing to be changed. It was 7:57 a.m. and I had to take my older son to an appointment in exactly 33 minutes. But first, I had to fully open my eyes, feed the dog, fill a Star Wars lunchbox with semi-nutritious snacks, change that diaper, and get myself dressed.… >> Read More
My third child was diagnosed with a rare syndrome at age 2—when my fourth baby was just 3 weeks old.
My son’s syndrome is called Sotos syndrome. It’s an overgrowth syndrome (so he looks…older than he is) that also causes developmental disabilities (so he acts younger than he is)—an excellent combination, if your goal in life is to be accosted by strangers in Target. At any rate, the stress of having four children, including a baby and a child with a label, was overwhelming, so one day, in… >> Read More
The doctor’s expression told me everything I needed to know about my 3-year-old son. Her words confirmed that he would never speak, learn, or socialize due to Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“Just…take him home and love him,” she said. Imagine being the mom in that moment. Ten years later, that mom and that child stood together on the bimah overlooking an audience of 250 family members and friends. This was a day like no other and one that we only dreamed could be possible. It was… >> Read More
Billy Flynn woke up early to buy flowers, cards, and gifts recently, because he wanted his sons to give them to their mom for her birthday. He then helped them make her breakfast and surprise her.…What makes this somewhat unusual is the fact that Flynn and the mother of his two sons are divorced--which makes this family love story even sweeter in many ways. Flynn recently explained why he often does kind things for his ex-wife in a Facebook post--and why it's important to do so as an example for his… >> Read More
The assignment seemed simple enough: For the culmination of their unit on nursery rhymes, my son’s kindergarten class was to create the “new and improved” Humpty Dumpty. Each student should…bring in their (parents’) creation and their “egg” will be tested on the school wall. The challenge: create a Humpty Dumpty that does not even need “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men” to try to fix him. In other words, make a Humpty that’s not so Dumpty after all. While in our… >> Read More