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Let’s make horseshoes instead of circles

It was a new neighborhood, a new school, and I had the new kids. We nervously arrived on the first day of school, immediately passing a group of chattering moms taking photos of their kids wearing freshly pressed shirts, with newly shorn haircuts to boot. It seemed everyone had their own circles. As my kids… Continue reading Let’s make horseshoes instead of circles

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What I want to tell new parents whose child has been diagnosed with hearing loss

To the new parents of a child diagnosed with hearing loss, I know how you are feeling. I have been there. And I am here to tell you— It is going to be OK. Yes, it is going to be challenging and you might find yourself thinking you aren’t made for this kind of stuff.… Continue reading What I want to tell new parents whose child has been diagnosed with hearing loss

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So I​t Turns Out Sweet Nothings Aren’t Really Nothing

They are everything... Entering the therapy room, sitting across from the person I had vowed to love yet could barely stand, I cringed at everything he said and did. I criticized; I lacked empathy and humility; I interrupted; I didn't consider his strengths; I withheld affection just because; I held back compliments and spewed out… Continue reading So I​t Turns Out Sweet Nothings Aren’t Really Nothing

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To The Mama in the Trenches. One day soon, it’ll​ change.

When did this happen? I swear it was literally yesterday. They were in diapers and cribs and highchairs and nursing and eating rice cereal. I carried a super cute diaper bag, and my shirt was never free of spit-up or worse. We were beginning our walk with hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants, speech therapy,… Continue reading To The Mama in the Trenches. One day soon, it’ll​ change.

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A Good Dad Teaches His Daughter What Right Looks Like

Dads can arguably be the most important man in a girl's life. Through him, she will learn what right looks like. And a good Dad usually will do these things. A good Dad will send spoken and unspoken messages to his daughter. She will learn what to expect; Demand. What's more, ingrained in every cell… Continue reading A Good Dad Teaches His Daughter What Right Looks Like

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Why I​ Write

I was recently asked to think about WHY I WRITE. Good question. But here's a true story. When I was in second grade, I did, in fact, write a story about a walking, talking sponge named Bob. My teacher, Mrs. Shem, felt it was a masterpiece. She had red hair and smelled like lavender. And… Continue reading Why I​ Write