This Mom's Blog Helps People See the Ability in Disability
Ellen Seidman, a mom of three, blogs about raising a son with cerebral palsy.
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What is the best thing about raising kids in the NYC area?
You never run out of activities—there is always some program to attend, some new place to explore, something to do. I grew up in Brooklyn and my parents often brought us into Manhattan to enjoy everything from ballets at Lincoln Center to visits to Ellis Island. They made me a great explorer, and I try to pass that on to my kids.
What are your favorite books or movies on parenting?
The Parent Trap—the original! Messy family situations that aren't mine are so enjoyable.
What’s the best parenting advice you ever received?
I'll just share my favorite perspective-giving quote. It's from Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project: "The days are long, the years are short." How true is that? My days may be a whirlwind, the kids' whining makes me want to commit hara-kiri, but someday when they're old, I am so going to miss this time in their lives and mine. Gotta savor it.