Sprinkles of Grace: Lessons In Ice Cream Sundaes

Sprinkles of Grace: Lessons In Ice Cream Sundaes

When my daughter Sarah finished her first full year of preschool at age four, it was time to celebrate. I let her decide between a trip to a nearby park or homemade ice cream sundaes, but I breathed an inward sigh of relief when she chose the sundaes. It was one of those ridiculously hot afternoons in late May when spring plays hooky and lets summer take over.

First came ice cream, then chocolate sauce. Just…Continue Reading

Orcam Trilogy: Episode 1: Reactions to OrCam & Lessons in Nail Polish

Orcam Trilogy: Episode 1: Reactions to OrCam & Lessons in Nail Polish

Several months ago, Blind Motherhood ran a two-part series about OrCam, an assistive technology device that reads text aloud to people who are visually impaired or legally blind. I remained in touch with the company and with Dr. Bryan Wolynski, OD, who provided my initial in-home demonstration. While I would have liked to purchase OrCam immediately, this technology is not covered by medical insurance or funded by the New York Commission for…Continue Reading

To All The Blind Moms Out There; I “See” You.

To All The Blind Moms Out There; I “See” You.

To the blind mom feeling frustrated because her Uber driver refuses to allow her guide dog in the car and she’s late to her kid’s school recital …

To the blind mom battling debilitating eye pain, attempting to instill her eye drops with one hand, while balancing an infant on her hip with the other…

To the blind mom whose partner was called in for overtime and is wondering how the hell she’s going function alone for…Continue Reading

Helping Students with Visual Impairments: A Resource Guide

Helping Students with Visual Impairments: A Resource Guide

Part of the mission of Blind Motherhood is to dedicate a portion of the website’s content space towards resources that can positively impact members of the blind and visually impaired community. As a social worker myself, I’ll admit I have pretty high standards, before recommending any “online guides” marketed towards people with vision loss. The content must be clear, relevant and comprehensive.  That’s why when I was emailed a copy of the Helping Students…Continue Reading

American Printing House For the Blind’s “FREE” Braille Tales

American Printing House For the Blind’s “FREE” Braille Tales

With multiple studies indicating the tremendous benefits early reading has on childhood development, have you ever wondered, “How does a blind or visually impaired parent read to their child?” Depending on the parent’s current state of vision, there are many alternative methods for cultivating your child’s love of reading as a visually impaired parent.  Some moms and dads implore memorization techniques, choosing books that have rhyming or lyrical storylines they can easily remember. Other parents…Continue Reading

Back Eyes

Back Eyes

I don’t remember exactly when it happened. My daughter might have been three or four years old. She may have been climbing up on the kitchen counter, quietly trying to snitch a cookie, while I was in the living room typing away on my computer. Or she may have been easing open the bottom drawer in her dad’s workbench, intent on swiping his screwdrivers for the thousandth time.

In any case, I called out to her,…Continue Reading

Blind Mom Guilt: The Tale of the Big Girl Bed

Blind Mom Guilt: The Tale of the Big Girl Bed

Can I get real with you? Like, really, “R-E-A-L.”? I’m a total Type A, epic control freak. I’ll own it. When it comes to my daughters, I will literally drive myself crazy trying to make everything absolutely perfect for them – whether it’s planning their birthday parties or choosing just the right outfit for our family photos. I put an enormous amount of pressure on myself; all the time; every day. And when my best…Continue Reading

Feeling the Love: Valentine’s Day Classroom Party Tips

Feeling the Love: Valentine’s Day Classroom Party Tips

I can’t believe how quickly 2017 is whizzing by. Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re lucky, the thought of the holiday sends visions of roses and jewelry dancing in your head. But if you’re like many blind moms, Valentine’s Day also gives you the jitters, because along with the romantic pampering comes yet another classroom party your kid is over the moon about. You want to attend and support your child, but hanging…Continue Reading

Crock Pot Old Fashioned Irish Stew

Crock Pot Old Fashioned Irish Stew

I grew up in a home where we cooked and ate a lot of Italian food. Any meal without homemade sauce and a side of pasta was highly unusual. So when “Mostly Wonderful” brought me home to meet my future in-laws, getting used to their traditional meals was a bit of a culture shock – the Irish kind. My mother-in-law happens to be an amazing cook and one of the meals she loves to make…Continue Reading

Vision Aware: “9” Tips for Toddler Potty Training For Blind/VI Parents

Vision Aware: “9” Tips for Toddler Potty Training For Blind/VI Parents

Potty training your toddler is an exciting time! On one hand, you’ve reached the point in parenthood when you’re ready to bid farewell to diaper duty. On the other hand, the realization that your baby isn’t really a “baby” anymore is enough to break any parent’s heart. Blind parents need to be organized and systematic when undertaking the task of toddler potty training. Consistency and patience are necessary to help your child progress through this…Continue Reading