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What's in a Word?



"That's so retarded!"

"What a retard."

"What are you? Retarded?"

You've heard it all before. Heck, you may have even said it all before. But chances are, if you are reading this blog, you are either the parent of a special needs child, or part of the support system for someone else who is the parent of a special needs child. You know how hurtful this word is. You know that it is no longer acceptable to use…


Added by MSNN Moderator on March 6, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

When Mama Gets Sick

There’s nothing like a flu virus sprinkled with a little pneumonia to really put Mama’s long list of jobs into perspective. Over three weeks ago, I came down with Influenza Type A.  Fever, chills, headache and body aches. The hair on my head hurt. All I knew is that I felt like I was dying.

Just because Mama is sick…


Added by MSNN Moderator on March 5, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

Failure to Provide: Transitioning from TRIWEST to United Health Care

Twice a week, my kids and I make the 40 minute (one-way) trip for my son’s Occupational Therapy (OT) appointment. Sure, there are therapy centers that are closer, but I love my son's therapist. She has opened my son up to new experiences and taught him things that I would never think to do. Each and every week he is finding a sense of balance in his…


Added by Kelly Hafer on January 18, 2013 at 6:05am — No Comments

Delaying Christmas

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Christmas is just a few weeks away, yet the only decoration in our house is our advent calendar. Our tree is still tucked (read: lost) in the garage, presents haven't purchased much less wrapped and it will stay that way until probably the last week of January. Being…


Added by Kelly Hafer on December 21, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

I Walk the Line

We're going home to visit our family over the Christmas Holiday. As my husband and I are from the same general area, we'll be splitting our time between the different "sides." There is always a fine line we walk - making sure that each family…


Added by Kelly Hafer on December 14, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

A Holiday Flame

Added by Lily Rose on December 7, 2012 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Shout Out from Military Families Learning Network

Our very own Wendy Kruse, MSNN President, was a featured in a blog post from the DoD program, Military Families Learning Network:

Child Care for Young Military-Connected Children with Special Needs

If you’ve worked in early care and education very long at all, you will have had the…


Added by Kelly Hafer on December 6, 2012 at 4:14am — No Comments

Musical Strings

Added by Lily Rose on November 30, 2012 at 1:50pm — No Comments


In 1990, when the Robin Williams/Robert DeNiro movie Awakenings came out, I had an epiphany: I wanted to help people; wanted to become a doctor. Fast forward a few years to a nursing scholarship, marriage and Navy life, a child, and adoptions. A degree in microbiology is as far as I got towards living my dream. Or so I thought.

This movie is about a doctor who offers "catatonic…


Added by Kelly Hafer on November 29, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

The 2-Way Mirror

Added by Lily Rose on November 27, 2012 at 6:43am — No Comments

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