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Oh, Gnats! – The Disabled Parenting Fishbowl

Oh, Gnats! – The Disabled Parenting Fishbowl

My nine-year-old daughter Sarah burst through the front door and shoved her soft-sided lunchbox into my lap full force, right on top of the braille book I was proofreading. “Mom! Bugs flew out at me! I opened the zipper, and a cloud of bugs just poofed out at me!” “What? Wait, what?” I set aside […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Braille Press Valentine’s Card Spreads the Love

National Braille Press Valentine’s Card Spreads the Love

I’ll admit it; I’m a hopeless romantic! One of my absolute favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day, of course! Since becoming a mom, I’ve gotten my daughters into the spirit and together we make and mail dozens of Valentine’s Day cards every year. In our house, every recipient on our list receives “2” versions of Valentine’s – […]

Little Fighter

Little Fighter

The sidewalk slid beneath my boots. A long second hung in the air, a second when I knew I was going down and there was nothing I could do about it. Then I pitched forward and sprawled on the icy concrete in front of Taco Bell, struggling to catch my breath. “Mom!  Mommy, are you […]

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

I thought the sudden snow storm that Saturday morning was nature’s way of telling me I did not have to go tour pre-schools for my almost 4-year-old daughter. My husband, on the other hand, was hell-bent on not letting a little snow get in our way. We had arranged for baby-sitting with my in-laws and headed out […]

“Mommy, What’s A Street-Walker?”

“Mommy, What’s A Street-Walker?”

“Mommy, what’s a street walker?” The question took me by surprise. I paused at the corner a block away from the school, ready to cross the street, with my guide dog’s harness in one hand and my second grader holding tightly to the other. The wind sent the dry autumn leaves scuttling around our feet. […]

The First Day of Daycare

The First Day of Daycare

On Langston’s first day of daycare, everything goes wrong for me. James, my husband, who is in charge of packing the stroller basket, our equivalent of the trunk of the car, forgets the breastmilk I’ve carefully pumped and has to rush back into the apartment to retrieve it while Tad, the guide dog, and I […]

The First Time Blindness Burned: Lessons From The Camp Grounds

The First Time Blindness Burned: Lessons From The Camp Grounds

When I was in fourth grade, our class went on a four-day camping trip. Much to my surprise, I loved every moment. I panned for gold, touched rocks and flowers and redwood trees, and slept in a tent, outside, for the first time in my life. I’d been hungry enough to learn that I actually […]

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