Category Archives: parenting

Parenting Without Pain: Dressing and Clothing Life Hacks

I am proud to be a guest blogger with the wonderful patient resource Creaky Joints. I am currently writing a series of posts on the topic of Parenting Without Pain. The posts will tackle how parents with arthritis or other painful joint … Continue reading

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Childhood Memories and Lessons that Influence my Work as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist: Part 1

While working with school-aged children, I often find myself reflecting on how I saw the world and what was important to me as a child. Accessing childhood memories helps me identify with a child’s perspective, even if that child has … Continue reading

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The Storm After the Calm: 8 Lessons Learned After A Tumultuous Postpartum Experience With Rheumatoid Arthritis

I was recently honored to be asked to share my pregnancy and postpartum journey with the popular and helpful website Autoimmune Mom. The full story can be found here. The post details my journey from a relatively tranquil pregnancy to a postpartum … Continue reading

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Why and How Do Pediatric Occupational Therapists Play Games?

Pediatric occupational therapists are often asked why we spend time “just” playing games with our clients. In addition to being engaging to children, games are powerful tools through which we work on a variety of skills including fine motor, visual-motor, gross motor, … Continue reading

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Bringing Home Baby Without Breaking Your Body (or, “Shopping With Arthritis: Baby Care Items and Strategies”)

Despite infants’ diminutive size and stature, caring for a new baby is a very physical job! Many new parents and caregivers experience joint or muscle pain after repetitive stress caused by lifting, carrying, diapering, and holding their baby. It’s estimated … Continue reading

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Bringing Home Baby: Tips for Meeting the Caregivers’ Basic Needs

**Please note that I have edited the section towards the bottom titled “Psychological Tip: Be Gentle on Yourself and Find Support” as of fall 2015. Now that Charlie is a toddler, I have additional advice/insight as to what steps can be the most … Continue reading

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Everything I Need to Know About Grit, Perseverance and Frustration, I learned from Soccer

Soccer is one of the most frustrating sports, which is why my husband and I hope our kids choose to play someday. You might wonder: why on earth would a prospective parent actively desire that their child experience frustration?  My … Continue reading

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