Ten Things I Want My Children (And You) to Know

My book, Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom, is dedicated to my husband and our three children. And for good reason. All they have ever known is a mom who must read lips to hear them. A mom who asks for sentence repeats. A mom who answers many a question with, “Huh? What was that?”

For all the missed words, whispers, and wailing, I’ve decided my kids need to know something.

I hear them more than I let on.

Ten Confessions of a Lipreading Mom

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #1: I have long conversations with my kids...while the pot of boling water on the stove goes unheard. #oopsie

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #1: I have long conversations with my kids…while the pot of boling water on the stove goes unheard. #oopsie

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #2: I enjoy the sound of a recorder solo...with my hearing aids off. #truth #momlove

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #2: I enjoy the sound of a recorder solo…with my hearing aids off. #truth #momlove

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #3: The kids love Spongebob, and I like the 'mute' button...and captions, too.

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #3: The kids love Spongebob, and I like the ‘mute’ button…and captions, too.

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #4: A child with sippy cup at his mouth says thing his mom cannot 'hear.' #LipreadingSippyCup

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #4: A child with sippy cup at his mouth says thing his mom cannot ‘hear.’ #LipreadingSippyCup

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #5: The best moments with kids are spontaneous. (Take THAT, Mr. Photographer...)

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #5: The best moments with kids are spontaneous. (Take THAT, Mr. Photographer…)

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #6: All moms need a phone chat with a good friend from time to time...hearing loss or not. I'm thankful for my friends and these phone chats. #SpeakSlowlySoICanHearYou

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #6: All moms need a phone chat with a good friend from time to time…hearing loss or not. I’m thankful for my friends and these phone chats. #SpeakSlowlySoICanHearYou

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #7: Sometimes the best therapy for a lip reader is a little nap. #Can'tHearYouWithMyEyesClosed

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #7: Sometimes the best therapy for a lip reader is a little nap. #Can’tHearYouWithMyEyesClosed

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #8: Barbie guitar performances are fun to watch...like, REALLY! #NoLipreadingRequired

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #8: Barbie guitar performances are fun to watch…like, REALLY! #NoLipreadingRequired

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #9: Do moms get the day off on Labor Day? Hmmm...I'll answer that after nap time. #LipreadingMomLovesaGoodNap

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #9: Do moms get the day off on Labor Day? Hmmm…I’ll answer that after nap time. #LipreadingMomLovesaGoodNap

And My Most Important Confession…

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #10: I can hear my kids clearly...through my heart. #BeautifulCommunication

Confession of a Lipreading Mom #10: I can hear my kids clearly…through my heart. #BeautifulCommunication

Readers—With Which Confession Can You Most Relate?

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12 thoughts on “Ten Things I Want My Children (And You) to Know

  1. Definitely number seven! After long days of lip reading family and friends, naps are a must! Lip reading just takes a toll on the brain and eyes. Yay for naps!

  2. I whole-heartedly agree with #2. The same can be said about elementary band concerts. I’m thankful for hearing loss and the opportunity to watch other parents cringe!

  3. #4 I identify with them all, but at least daily I have to ask one of my kids to take their fingers/fork/toy/cup out of their mouth and “say it again”!

  4. These are so great! Lipreading and other perceptions that are more tuned in when we compensate for what we cannot hear does let us “get” more of what is being said more than some people think. I have some hearing (as in just a small amount) in both ears and can relate to all of the above!!

  5. Noooo Shanna, moms do not get Labor Day off. Barbie concerts become drama episodes. You will want to turn off your aids and learn to nod when that time comes. And listening to recorders will seem like nothing when another “Lady Gaga” comes into the scene.

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