The Best #MommyWins We Heard This Spring
Local moms sharing their family's seemingly small moments
Words Lisa Salinas, Illustration Mary Dunn
Published Spring 2019 DFWThrive
Updated January 29, 2019
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“We drew heart eyes over a picture I gifted our son because it feels better for him that way. Best moment of choosing connection over how it ‘should’ be.”–Lena, Carrollton. Her 5-year-old son has autism.  


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“My mornings became a tug-a-war to get my daughter Catherine out of bed. I began a simple gesture to try and get her out of bed: a 10-second hug. Now, it jump-starts our day.”—Lillian, Prosper. She has a 12-year-old daughter with Down syndrome.

When your son participates in his brother’s birthday party: He watched the reptile performer and played with other kids on the trampoline.”—Kate, Arlington. Her 7-year-old son Kevin has autism.

“I asked my daughter’s kindergarten teacher if I could talk to the class about Down syndrome. She was happy to have me come in and read a book to the class. The big win was that she tied it in beautifully with her planned lesson about the word ‘unique.’”—Heidi, Fort Worth. She has a 6-year-old daughter with Down syndrome.

“Sometimes our weekday mornings don’t go as planned. I started to carve out 10 minutes on Sundays to freeze PB&Js for lunches. If you put a light layer of peanut butter on both slices, it will keep it from getting soggy. I take it out of the freezer each school morning and it’s perfectly thawed by lunchtime.”—Shelley, Highland Village. She has a 5-year-old son with autism who is nonverbal.