Author Archives : Lisa Danielpour


Support a Mom or Dad Caring for a Child with a Serious Illness

May 2015 was the worst Mother’s Day and birthday of my life. Watching over my desperately ill younger son lying in a hospital bed with a maze of tubes coming out of his nose and arm. There is nothing more painful for a Mom than watching your child suffer and worrying about how to make him well. Crohn’s […]

Hospitalized sick boy and younger healthy boy

Helping Your Shy or Special Needs Child Enjoy Holiday Family Time

Spending precious time with extended family during the holidays is filled with joy and traditions but by its nature can bring anxiety to children who are shy or have special needs. Starting with the customary hugs and kisses and obligatory, “look how much you’ve grown!!”, can bring unintended discomfort at the intensity of attention and sensory […]


Facing Holidays with Your Child in the Hospital

Any time your child is sick in the hospital is beyond hard. But during holidays usually so full of happiness and family traditions, it is a true test of the heart. Add to the mix worrying about giving your other children and family members some semblance of a holiday leaves you feeling literally split in […]


When a Child’s Serious Illness Changes Everything

  The Celebrating Moms and Their Choices Series In the flash of an eye everything we ever believed about being a Mom and work-life balance can be tested in a crucible of life’s most challenging reality. For me that moment started in July 2014 when our younger son nervously confided he had been having terrible […]

Brothers Together in Hospital

Taking Care of Yourself When Your Child Is in the Hospital 1

When your child is sick in the hospital, it can feel like you’ve entered an alternate universe that combines the intense care and worry over your child with the physical hospital world. If you are sleeping in the hospital with your child your world becomes the hospital floor and room, with days passing before you see the outside world. […]


Strategies for Your Child’s Hospital Stay 1

If parenting isn’t a snap on an average day, it can truly be a marathon when your child needs to be in the hospital. Whether a short one-time stay or a more serious, lengthy situation, here are pragmatic and coping tips to prepare for and help your child through a hospital stay based on my experiences. […]


Money Saving Ideas for Fun Family Holidays

‘Tis the season for holiday preparations. This should be a joyous time focused on the meaning of the holidays, but it’s easy to get carried away with the presents and regalia, leading to financial stress. Here are budget conscious, time saving tips for whichever holiday(s) your family will be celebrating: Make a handy checklist on […]


Tips for a Fun, Safe Halloween with Young Children

Halloween is such a fun holiday for the whole family. To make it truly fun for each person in the family, honoring your child’s personality and preferences can make all the difference between happiness and melt downs for all concerned. Here are tips for a happy, safe Halloween while bearing in mind what works best for […]