Maureen used to be obsessed with baseball -- and then she had children. After she welcomed her son, Charlie, and his extra chromosome, she discovered her passion for writing about Down syndrome and disability-related issues.
With two toddlers begging for attention, Maureen recently walked away from a successful career in corporate public relations to dive into full-time parenthood and naptime writing.
You can find her weekly column, “Chasing Charlie,” on allParenting. Maureen’s blog, OperationHaveItAll.com, began as a way to chronicle a yearlong job share and has evolved into a place for honesty, advocacy -- and lots more naptime writing!
Parenthood can make us do crazy things. We suddenly have a gushing fire hose of emotions like love, protectiveness and determination — all for the sake of our children. We become Mommy McGyvers: No booger, bout of barf, fear or phantom can stop us.Read Full Story
If you have a choice and you're told more than 90 percent of people choose A over B, are you more likely to choose A? Do you wonder what's wrong with B? Do you think, "My God, I had no idea B was such an unwanted choice!" But what if that trumpeted percentage was entirely false?Read Full Story
Bob and Lisa Gfeller experienced every parent's nightmare when their youngest son, Matt, died suddenly. A high school sophomore, Matt was playing football when a collision caused a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that took his life two days later.Read Full Story
When 22-month-old Cooper Mills Harris died June 18, media outlets nationwide covered the heartbreaking story of a father who accidentally left his son in a closed car in the broiling Atlanta sun for 7 hours while he went to work.Read Full Story
Looking for some inspiration? Perhaps a little perspective? Go no further than Whitney Lackey, a 17-year-old Special Olympics athlete who was diagnosed with the rare disorder tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) at 2 months old.Read Full Story
Elegant, smooth and focused participation in her son's school drop-off and pickup lines is something this author has not yet mastered. She admits this freely. And she feels only slightly chagrined to pull together this round up of the most egregious behavior. (Mostly because she's sure this means someone is stalking her — which is just wrong, right?)Read Full Story
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