Chelsey Weaver

Chelsey is a Massachusetts girl through and through and currently resides on the North Shore on the New Hampshire line. In her former life, before motherhood, she was a teacher in a local high school, but now she's a stay at home mom who mostly cares for her child with special needs. She finds motherhood to be the hardest job she's ever loved and is very passionate about advocating for and educating people about neurodiverse children that may or may not also have physical or intellectual disabilities. In her "spare time" (which happens almost never) she likes to make hair bows, obsess about Disney, quilt, cook things that aren't dinosaur chicken nuggets and pretend she's good at taking artistic pictures.
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I’m A Real Mom… and I Really Have COVID

I’m a real mom, and I really have COVID.  Before I even start this narrative, I need to stress how unbelievably cautious and vigilant our family has been regarding COVID with mask wearing, sanitizing, and...

Hearing Loss and Mask Wearing :: A Unique COVID Challenge

It was a typical Sunday morning at Market Basket, our favorite local grocery chain, and I was standing at the checkout line sporting my favorite mask. As a person with a hearing impairment — and...
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Low-Cost Internet Options :: Resources for Parents

  Recently, a photo of two children sitting outside a California Taco Bell to use the restaurant's WiFi drew attention to the often-overlooked "digital divide" in the age of virtual learning. Even though it's easy to...

To the Teachers I Love :: I’m Still in Your Corner

To the teachers I know and love, my heart hurts for you right now.  I see the season of life you’re in — full of anxiety and uncertainty that’s both personal and professional. I know...
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You Are My Sunshine :: A Letter to My NICU Baby

You are my sunshine, My only sunshine. We were sure we couldn’t get pregnant naturally and were making moves to start IVF. But then, my baby girl, you surprised us all. You have been my sunshine...
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Old Fashioned Field Day :: Games for the Whole Family!

After all of our summer activities were officially canceled and I was done feeling sorry for myself, I sat at our (very messy) kitchen table to brainstorm. As I worked my way down the rabbit...
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My Favorite Apps for Preschoolers :: Tested and Approved

In our family, the policy regarding screen time is blurry, at best. Pre-quarantine, we spent a LOT of time in the car driving, and even though we often use this time to talk and...
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Emotional Dysregulation — and the Puffer Fish Who Can Help

0 Emotional regulation.  Sigh. The absolute bane of my existence during this quarantine. Everyone is dysregulated — myself included. Mostly, though, my preschooler is struggling more than usual.  I can't blame her, because her whole life was uprooted...
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To the Moms of Kids with Special Needs :: Pandemic Edition

To the moms of kids with special medical needs, I see you. I see you in this quarantine, trying to hold it all together. I see your fear while you hug your little ones...
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I Won’t Sacrifice My Relationship With My Kid to Homeschool

We started off strong, with homemade checklists compiled from materials sent by my daughter's six different therapists and one teacher. Our workbooks were secured, I put up a dry erase board, I had great...
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10 Kids YouTube Channels That Are Saving My Life Right Now

Pre-quarantine, we had a very strict “no YouTube” rule in our home. Our then 2-year-old was a victim of the “Momo murders Peppa Pig” fiasco, and the scare made us evaluate whether or not...

Kids Love Podcasts Too! :: Family Podcasts I’m Loving Today

There are huge benefits of allowing children (and adults!) to listen to podcasts, which are essentially synonymous to the "old school radio shows" of the past. If used frequently, they can improve concentration, critical listening skills, and imagination. Attention and memory are also built over time in order to follow along with the story or episode. I went on a quarantine quest to find my favorite podcasts for kids, and I was totally unprepared with the amount of amazing material I found!
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Online Learning Resources for an Accidental Homeschool Mom

In the midst of everything, I'm secretly a little happy about having a few weeks with my kiddo unexpectedly. I'm excited for board games, movie nights, endless games of hopscotch, and bubbles in the backyard. However, I'm also going to need to keep my kiddo's mind occupied at least long enough for me to shower and maintain some of my sanity. The reality is that I'm an introvert and she's an extrovert, and when she's uttered 300,000 words before lunch my brain feels a little fried.
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5 Inspiring Books for Your Little Feminist

I’ve purchased and returned way too many books that I felt sent her the wrong message, for one reason or another. Sometimes, I really just despise how women and girls are depicted in children’s literature, and it makes me extra thankful when I’m able to find a book we both love. These are our tried and true favorite feminist books, chosen for you by my favorite 3-year-old, in no particular order.
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… and You Also Have Cerebral Palsy

The beautiful truth is, the day I first told her about her CP probably won’t be a defining moment in her life, because she was really too young to remember it. It was, though, a defining moment in mine. It was a shift in the way we related to each other, and for the first time since her diagnosis I felt like I wasn’t lying to her anymore. It was in that moment I found the power of being honest, open, and matter of fact.