Growing up fast: siblings of special needs children

A few weeks ago, I was doing makeup for a client and she said something that spoke directly to one of my mama fears. My client is in high school but her maturity level is well beyond her years. As she was sitting in my chair, I told her how mature she is, how she […]

Family, Special Needs

I got emotional in the middle of my Peloton ride—and it’s not my first time that’s happened.  (20 min country ride with Ally Love aired 10/3/21 if you want to hop on and ride this one) Has this happened to you? Like sweating my butt off, breathless and a tear or two falling down my […]

Special Needs

How the Peloton changed my life… and I’m not talking about weight loss

Emily Barton rides the Peloton and works out with Ally Love

I got emotional in the middle of my Peloton ride—and it’s not my first time that’s happened.  (20 min country ride with Ally Love aired 10/3/21 if you want to hop on and ride this one) Has this happened to you? Like sweating my butt off, breathless and a tear or two falling down my […]

Special Needs

How the Peloton changed my life… and I’m not talking about weight loss

Emily Barton rides the Peloton and works out with Ally Love

Speaking event: The goodness of God

When I was about two months postpartum, I got a call from a woman asking if I would share my story. I was in the throes of all things newborn life… little sleep, just trying to keep my head above water as I figured out how to manage life with three kids. But this woman […]

Family

With the start of the new school year, there are a couple of things weighing heavy on my mind and one of them is the topic of disability inclusion. As a mom of a special needs daughter, this is something I manage almost daily as we interact with typically-developing kiddos and their families, but it […]

Special Needs

How to talk to your kids about inclusion

With the start of the new school year, there are a couple of things weighing heavy on my mind and one of them is the topic of disability inclusion. As a mom of a special needs daughter, this is something I manage almost daily as we interact with typically-developing kiddos and their families, but it […]

Special Needs

How to talk to your kids about inclusion

How friends can support special needs parents

As a first time mom of a daughter with Cerebral Palsy, I didn’t spend much time at playdates with other kids Jaxlee’s age. I preferred to hang out with my friends who didn’t have kids or friends whose kids were significantly older than mine.  Looking back, I realize this was an act of protection and […]

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It’s 11:25 a.m. I just got off my Peloton bike. It was my hardest ride yet—30 min Tabata Ride with Ally Love.  I’m just shy of three months postpartum, but making time for a workout is already a huge priority for me. No, this isn’t because I feel social pressure to get my body back […]

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Why and how I make time to workout as a working mom

Emily Barton Peleton

It’s 11:25 a.m. I just got off my Peloton bike. It was my hardest ride yet—30 min Tabata Ride with Ally Love.  I’m just shy of three months postpartum, but making time for a workout is already a huge priority for me. No, this isn’t because I feel social pressure to get my body back […]

Special Needs

Why and how I make time to workout as a working mom

Emily Barton Peleton

Real talk: special needs parenting fears

A few weeks ago another special needs mom reached out to me on Instagram and asked if I would share about how we decided to have more kids after Jaxlee. My heart goes out to her and all the other mamas who are grappling with this same decision. Let me start by saying I have […]

Special Needs

I am proud to be a mother of a child with Cerebral Palsy. From our stint in the NICU when she was born, to learning how to communicate using her AAC device, and to her horse therapy, Jaxlee has moved mountains. I am constantly impressed by what she can do. And also… it’s hard. Every […]

Special Needs

What it’s like to not speak

I am proud to be a mother of a child with Cerebral Palsy. From our stint in the NICU when she was born, to learning how to communicate using her AAC device, and to her horse therapy, Jaxlee has moved mountains. I am constantly impressed by what she can do. And also… it’s hard. Every […]

Special Needs

What it’s like to not speak

Horse therapy gave my daughter a childhood

While I wouldn’t consider myself a tom-boy, I grew up playing sports, riding bikes outside with the neighbor kids, and taking dance classes just like a lot of my peers. When I pictured myself raising kids, I pictured the same things for them. After I had my first baby, the visions of these childhood activities […]

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