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Ger Smyth

I'm Ger, a mammy to three amazing boys and wife to a computer nerd D. We are learning to live ,love and laugh since Ethan was diagnosed with Hunter syndrome in 2008.

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Parenting kids with Special Needs: Meltdowns

There's a secret world within the world of parenting a child with special needs;…

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Kids with Special Needs: So what? It’s just a pair of shoes!

There are a number of reasons we don’t do certain everyday things with Ethan.

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Parents of kids with special needs versus Adults with disabilities

Writing...one of my many pleasures in life. I have only been writing publicly for…

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A Letter to Christmas from Special Needs Mum

Dear Christmas, You have snuck up on me, yet again! You get earlier and earlier every…

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12 Days of Christmas: Special Needs Parenting Edition

As a parent of three boys, each with their own unique needs (for those of you who…

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Why I No Longer Pray for a Cure for My Son

I am a parent of a child with a terminal condition called Hunter Syndrome.

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Unapologetic Special Needs Mom

I am that unapologetic special needs mum. 

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The Friend Nobody Wants - Raising Children with Disabilties

Today I am going to be totally honest about me and my friend. People have stated…

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“I’m Sorry, Son” - Raising a Child with Disabilities

Dear J,You came home from your break away; your very own little holiday.

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I Never Felt So Patronised in my Entire Life - Raising a Child with a Disability

I was asked what I did for a living by a girl barely out of her teens. I hate that…

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23 Stupid Things to Say to Parents of a Kid with Special Needs (And 3 Brilliant Alternatives)

The things strangers, sometimes even family and friends, have said to me regarding…

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Response to ‘Special Needs Conversation Killers’ - Raising Children with Special Needs

I recently read an article entitled "Special Needs Conversation Killers".…

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It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Find THAT toy - Raising Children with Disabilities

It’s easy to collect them isn’t it? You have a baby or two and suddenly…

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When the Bus Wasn’t Red - Raising Children with Special Needs

I was new to Ethan's world; I had just been given his full diagnosis which meant…

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8 Lessons My Son Taught Me - Raising Children with Disabilities

I am that unapologetic mum. Yes, that is me. Ethan has taught…

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Sometimes Best Wishes Make You Feel Like The Worst Parent - Raising Kids with Special Needs

  I sat reading a post on a social networking site recently. The post was about…

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The Most Bittersweet of Birthdays - Raising Children with Disabilities

It’s been a summer - an Irish summer.  It rained, all the different…

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I Had One of Those Days Today - Raising Children with Special Needs

I had a day today. One of those days. It started well (it often does).

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Sensory Issues Versus Family Gatherings - Raising Children With Special Needs

For me, it’s like balancing on a tight rope. I must attend. I want to…

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‘Those’ Moments - Raising Children with Special Needs

Moments.Life is full of them.

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Why Parents of Kids with Special Needs are NOT Saying What You Thought…

As a special needs parent (I am referring to myself, not my son) there are many many…

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Facebook ‘On this Day’ - A kick in the stomach for Special Needs Parents

The majority of us use Facebook; we all know what Facebook is, even those who don't…

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