special needs parents 

Why I Quit Using the Word 'Retarded'

I'm a child of the '80s. We had our own lexicon back then. Words we used the way people now use "holla" and "unfriend." One of the words was "whale," as in, "Seniors Whale," as in, seniors are really cool and far superior to all other forms of you...If using the "R-word" hurts, why use it?

Guilt and the special needs parent

There's no getting around it, parenthood involves a lot of guilt. Some of it is self-induced ("If I ate more vegetables instead of chocolate chips when pregnant, perhaps he'd understand algebra and not be a nose picker.") and some gets shoveled on by...


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