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Blog provides encouragement for parents of special needs kids

Blog provides encouragement for parents of special needs kids



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SYRACUSE -- A Utah mom is trying to be a positive voice in what can be a discouraging time for parents. She runs a blog dedicated to finding the positive and the joy of having children with special needs.

When Tara Bennett's daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, her doctor told her not to Google it. She did anyway and found so much negativity and heartache.

So she started Kidz, a blog dedicated to the positive and encouraging.

"A lot of the things I share and write are for parents who just got a diagnosis because for me, that was so hard," she said.


Sure some things are hard, but we can do hard things.

–Tara Bennett


Additional contributors now cover other diagnoses on the blog as well. They hope to help people cope with challenges and enjoy life.

"Sure some things are hard, but we can do hard things," Bennett said. "(It's) helping me to be present in my life, and to not put off my happy life. To just really enjoy every moment, and not regret or wish or compare."

Besides being a support network, the site also tries to make the general public less afraid of disabilities and special needs.

Bennett spelled Kidz with a z because she says children with special needs are just like other children, just a bit different. Since she started it in November 2008, she says the site has thrived and changed her life.

"I learned that I can do this and tomorrow is a better day, and today is OK," she said.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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Mary Richards

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