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From Bystander to Believer: My journey as a Hearing Mother

From Bystander to Believer: My journey as a Hearing Mother

I am a hearing wife of a Deaf man and a hearing mother of 4 children, three of whom are Deaf. I was born in a hearing family with all hearing siblings. Although I learned a bit of sign language, and even performed a song in sign at my 8th grade graduation, I had never met a deaf person. When I was fourteen, my sister, who was just two years older then I, was losing her hearing. She saw an audiolog ...[Read More]

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

Have you seen this face before? Maybe on your son? daughter? spouse? student? This is the look of someone who just doesn’t get what is going on. Without a qualified interpreter, this is what happens to deaf individuals.   After my last post, I realized I had shared an experience where I did NOT succeed in getting an interpreter. Getting an interpreter for a youth class or sports team is ...[Read More]

Remember THIS Important Gift!

Remember THIS Important Gift!

 It is the season of giving and you are busy running around with that gift list, trying to beat the clock and get everything done before the special day. You have an idea of what he wants because he’s always playing with that toy, or playing that video game, or watching that movie. He’s going to love the gifts. And you’ve got enough of them! And yet, something tugs at your heart as you know ...[Read More]

25 Things to DO with Water Beads

25 Things to DO with Water Beads

By now you have probably seen the cool water beads that you can play with somewhere: preschool, a daycare or summer day camp, etc. You can read our first post about them and our other sensory bin ideas here. If you have seen these awesome silky beads, you’ve probably seen the fabulous look on the kids’ faces as their eyes light up when they stick their hands in the beads. I just took o ...[Read More]

Grateful for “Deaf”

I’m shopping in the store. I can feel the staring eyes before I look up. American Sign Language seems to be a magnet for it. Most of the time, the stares are curious. Many times I get questions.  “How old is she?” “18 months” I reply. “Can she hear anything at all? How is she already signing?” The first question I simply answer, “Not much, she’s Deaf.”  The second question, I love. I love explaini ...[Read More]

You are More than You Think You Are

You are More than You Think You Are

A picture tells a thousand words. Nature certainly had a message for me with this one. Can you see what this picture is? It’s a tree, right? But, what kind of tree is that? I call it “Nature’s Art” because that’s just what it is. Sand, water, and the pull of the tide worked together to make this beautiful picture. Yes, I found this amazing ‘tree’ on the beach one morning. Isn’t it amazing? I had t ...[Read More]

Turn your complaining into Gratitude and JOY today!

Turn your complaining into Gratitude and JOY today!

No complaining today: only gratitude. For every stay at home Mom who finds herself complaining… Sometimes I like to complain.   The house is a mess. The baby is sick. The bills are piling too high. I’m tired.  Not ANOTHER stinky mess in your pants!  The kids are grumpy when they get home from school.  My husband is working too many hours.    yada yada yada. But then, I talk to a friend whose ...[Read More]

Motivate Your Kids to Learn

Motivate Your Kids to Learn

Major parent complaint: “My kids just aren’t motivated to (insert any verb here related to education).”   Most often expressed teacher plea,  “If I could just motivate my students to (insert any verb here related to education).   What if there were a simple answer to create motivation for  reading, writing, researching and presenting? Could it really be? This year ...[Read More]

Get started with YOUR Sensory Kits!

Animal Kingdom Sensory World   Ok parents and educators!  You’ve all seen the incredibly fun, cute sensory kits on Pinterest and blogs and thought,  “That would be so fun to do for my kids (students)!”   Then the busy day gets in the way and you don’t take the time to run to 3 different stores, or get online, to get all the different parts that make up the sensory kit. Ocean Sensory Sand Worl ...[Read More]

“I’m grateful his day is over!”

“I’m grateful his day is over!”

Yesterday was one of those days, you know, the days that you just wish would get over.  One of those terrible horrible, no good very bad days. I pinned 5 new pins with parenting advice. I called my sister and cried. She reassured me she has days like this too. I wrote in my gratitude journal, “I’m grateful his day is over!”  I woke up in the morning to a new day. My favorite book ...[Read More]