Elizabeth is the mom of five children from North Olmsted.
What do you do to relax?
Workout, listen to music, lay out in the sun, go to the beach, drink coffee and cuddle babies in the NICU.
What else would you like to tell us about yourself?
I am a stay at home mom of five children including twin boys, Nicholas and Dominic (10), Sofia (7), Luciano (5) and Livianna (2). I enjoy running, biking and swimming with our children along with playing board games and having family movie nights. My husband and I enjoy date nights.
What benefits has Connecting for Kids brought to you and your family?
Connecting for Kids has supported our entire family, from Coffee and Chat programs and the Speaker Series for my husband and myself, to support groups for our kids, to putting a smile on our son’s face who struggles with sensory and behavior issues.
Which have been your favorite Connecting for Kids resources?
Music Therapy & More and Teach Me to Play.
My greatest lesson learned was...
Just because your infant may seem like there is nothing wrong at birth doesn't mean that developmentally everything is OK. It takes time for sensory and behavior issues to show up. So you are never in the clear with thinking that there will never be a diagnosis or issue to deal with down the road with your child.
When my child's behavior gets out of control, I feel...
Helpless. It makes me so sad for him that I can't make him or his body feel better when he is so out of control. It breaks my heart to see him so overwhelmed with how his body and brain are feeling due to sensory and behavior issues.
The hardest thing for me to learn was...
As a mom, you like to think you can make anything better for your child and can take away their pain. I can't always make things better for Luca. When you want to hug your child because they are sad, sometimes they don't want to be touched, that is heartbreaking as a parent.
Is there anything else about your journey that you would like to share with other parents?
Yes, that I have been blessed with an amazing husband who has supported me and our children in this journey. Keeping that marriage strong is really difficult to do when you are dealing with a struggling child. We make date nights a priority and our communication is amazing. We support each other and pick each other up when things get really crazy at home, which is ALOT. We are so thankful and appreciative to Connecting for Kids who offer so many resources and support to help our entire family throughout this journey.