Is being a mama worth it?



It is NOT WHAT your child becomes someday…but WHO they become and what they stand for…not sure what my oldest will be someday…but that does not matter…because I know the man he will be…because that is WHO he is now. Describing himself as a minimilist…only asking for what he needs…is that possible for a 15 year old??…and volunteering at the soup kitchen tonight…not because he HAS to for college…or for anything related to academics…he does it unconditionally..because he wants to.
And this being his third time at the soup kitchen….on our way to St. Gerard Majella Church…as he is talking to his friend in the back seat of my car…he says: “We really should be doing this more often.”
He cried and screamed for the first year of his life….I know now…well I have known for a while…it’s all worth it. So proud of who he is today…and WHO he will be…not WHAT he becomes.

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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2 Responses to Is being a mama worth it?

  1. Anna K. says:

    Kim, this is interesting to me. I have an almost-7 yr old son with DS, who has a habit of sucking on his tongue. Last winter, he had several episodes of choking on his food when eating mixed textures like vegetable stew with chunks of hamburger or spaghetti with ground beef, and I appealed to his SLP for help in figuring out what was the problem. In watching him eat, she noticed that he barely chewed at all and tried to swallow, which will work with plain spaghetti, but he wasn’t recognizing that he needed to chew more due to the meat. She also observed that he used a suckling swallow, with his tongue in a forward position. It was as though he could only swallow with his tongue forward in a suckling position. And it was the same when he was drinking out of a straw or drinking from an open cup. So, she started him on the Talk Tools Straw program in order to teach him tongue retraction. He is on straw # 5 and the largest straw for thickened liquids. Sadly, his speech therapist has just moved from the center where he goes for a job in her local school system. Now I have no one to continue working with him on the straw program. He is doing a lot better with eating and hasn’t had trouble with choking. He is now using lips only on the straw with his tongue retracted. He still sucks on his tongue sometimes, although somewhat less than he did. And I still see his tongue come out when he swallows maybe 50% of the time. He gets mad when I remind him to keep his tongue in his mouth when he is eating or drinking. I guess old habits are hard to break. Anna K.

    • Kim says:

      Hi Anna…thank you for your comment…you should continue with the straws in order to improve 75% retraction of the tongue. You stated that you are on the fifth straw and the largest of the straws for thickened liquids. Did you also purchase the horn kit offered through talk tools. That kit also addresses lingual retraction. I can be of help to you…ask any questions…and I will answer if I can. How is his clarity of speech. Are there any specific sounds you would like addressed?? I am happy to help if I can. Also if you can send video…I can assess how he is doing as well. Best, Kim

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