Category: Accepting the Gift

What My Special Needs Parents Did Right: An Interview With Emily DeArdo

Being a special needs parent can be overwhelming and frustrating. It’s not that we don’t love our kids, but it’s hard to be a caregiver, parent, and now for many of us, the primary educator and therapist day in and day out. Sometimes we get angry, and yell, or cry and it’s easy to feel Read More

A Classical Education for Every Child

Cheryl Swope, an educator who has created an entire curriculum designed for children with special needs (available through Memoria Press), used to receive one to two emails a week from families curious to know if providing a classical education for their special needs child was possible. Now, following the upheaval of COVID-19, she’s receiving at Read More

What You Need To Know About Special Needs Families in Quarantine, and How You Can Help Them

As states across the U.S. figure out how and when to open up following weeks of COVID-19 induced quarantine, special needs families are struggling behind closed doors in unique ways, and will continue to do so, long after their friends with typically developing children return to a somewhat normal life. As the mother of two Read More

Praying Together as a Special Needs Family

Most prayer books directed at Catholic families suggest praying together as a family. Many families struggle with how to work a family rosary, or other prayer, into their daily routine. Despite the importance of prayer, between school, work, outside activities, chores, errands and everything else, it’s not uncommon for family prayers to fall by the Read More

On Becoming “That Mom”

I dislike helicopter parenting. Very early on my husband and I both realized, and thoroughly embraced the fact, that getting these kids out of the house sooner rather than later meant encouraging independence from the get go. We agreed to let our children have the same carefree childhood we both grew up experiencing. As baby Read More