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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!
If your child has a disability, you will spend hours with strangers who seem intent on pointing out your child's flaws. It's OK. I get it. And hopefully, these tips will help you get through it. (A nice bottle of wine can't hurt, either.)Read Full Story
Many moms of children with Down syndrome can tell you the moment they either started or stopped seeing their child's Down syndrome characteristics. The tiny ears. The slanted eyes. The small, button nose and tongue protrusion. It's completely natural, and those moments can pop up when we least expect them.Read Full Story
When the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) team established its Parents First Call Program to provide 24/7 support to families receiving a prenatal or at-birth diagnosis of Down syndrome, they knew what they were up against — outdated information available and pro-life pressure.Read Full Story
Down syndrome advocacy organizations claim the medical community doesn't offer balanced information after a prenatal or at-birth Down syndrome diagnosis and encourages abortion. The medical community counters that advocacy groups' information borders on propaganda and excludes all options. Meanwhile, advanced prenatal testing means more women are receiving prenatal diagnoses amid the debate about whose information is best.Read Full Story
I’m not proud to confess this, but sometimes I think honesty is the only way for mothers to really connect. Here’s my truth: I’ve had moments where I am overcome with jealousy over another child’s disability — or "lesser" disability may be a more accurate description.Read Full Story
Holidays can be stressful enough with family members you love to pieces but sometimes want to strangle. If you have a child with special needs, you may not be the only one experiencing anxiety. Grandparents, aunts and uncles and other holiday hosts often mean well but sometimes just aren't sure how to help.Read Full Story
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