Children and Parents

 Know the Signs. Fight for Victory!

Know the signs, fight for victory!  This is the new tagline for The Marfan Foundation.  My daughter, Hadley, and I had the opportunity to attend the annual Marfan conference in Hollywood at the beginning of this month.

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Healthy Recipes - Smooth Smoothie

Looking for a healthy snack for your child? We have the perfect thing that will hit the spot!

Becoming Friends with Poop

Autism has now become a household name, that wasn’t the case not too long ago.  It seems we all have someone near and dear to us with an affected child. I have both a sister-in-law and close friend who have boys with severe Autism.  At the ages of 9 and 13, they are both non-verbal and still in diapers. Their homes are like Fort Knox because they are always in lockdown mode due to the fact that they attempt to “escape,” sometimes out the front door and even worse, out second story windows.

Getting Out of Our Own Way -- Making Independence possible for my child with special needs

I have had the pleasure to know mothers and fathers of special needs children who have created their own schools or their own curriculums so their children could learn life skills and social skills, two of the key building blocks for independence, for two main reasons; first many schools are not including it their programs and secondly, to help other parents on their journey to prepare their child for real life.

5 Reasons You Should Consider Banking Your Newborn's Cord Blood

Medical practitioners and medical research scientists are fully aware of the benefits that can be gained from collecting umbilical cord blood after the birth of your baby.

Cord blood can be used for stem cell transplants which will help your body to grow new bone marrow and other vital tissues. Here are five good reasons why you should consider the option of banking your newborn’s cord blood.

Helping a family member

Princess Merida Giveaway!

In honor of the coronation of Disney's newest princess, Merida, Family Magazine Group is sponsoring a giveaway. The winners will receive a special gift package from Disney, which includes:

How to Talk with Kids About Tragic Events in the News

When a frightening and tragic event such as a the Boston marathon bombing, school shooting, terrorist attack, or a natural disaster occurs, children may understandably have lots of questions and concerns. In some cases, they may experience some anxiety , and worry that something similar could happen to them or to their loved ones.

Living with Marfan Syndrome

 “Where is Godzilla?” my neighbor asked with a chuckle in her voice.   A relaxing afternoon at the park took an immediate turn when I realized my adult neighbor was referring to my young daughter, Hadley.  I was literally speechless….how does a young mother respond to such a senseless question?   Crushed and bewildered, I walked over to where she was playing to protect her from harm.  Three years later, we discovered Hadley’s extreme height was only the beginning of a series of challenges and health issues that would plague my daughter for the rest