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!
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