Advice for Expectant Parents With a Disability

IMG_9494by Guest Blogger Ashley Taylor (founder of

Expecting a child is an exciting, life-changing experience, but it can also bring about questions and concerns, especially for first-time parents. These concerns may be even greater for parents-to-be living with a disability, who may be wondering how they can prepare themselves and their homes for parenthood.

The most important step is planning, and planning starts with questions like:

  • Is my home babyproofed?
  • Do we need to make changes to the home to make it babyproof?
  • Do we need to make changes to make it easier for us to parent?
  • What will I do when I feel stressed, overwhelmed, or need help?
  • Are there resources that can help parents with a disability?

Preparing your home can start with a checklist. Go through your home room by room to see what can be removed or added that would make parenting easier, such as adding a ramp to the nursery if necessary, widening doorways with adjustable hinges, and buying adaptable equipment and products like wheelchair-accessible cribs. There are also changing tables with adjustable heights.

Getting practical advice from other disabled parents is helpful, and look for support groups in your community that you can join. If there aren’t any in your area, online support groups are a great resource. There is nothing like getting advice from others with real-life experience to help you solve problems and make choices, from tips on how to breastfeed to how to deal with occasional bias.


If you need to make physical changes to your house or apartment, you may want to consult a home advisor experienced in making homes accessible. When evaluating each room, think about functionality and convenience.

Nursery. Does this room have carpet that may interfere with a wheelchair, walker, or crutches? Are tables and shelves low enough? Would it be more practical to have the baby in your bedroom instead of in his or her own room?

Laundry room. Are your washer and dryer front-loading for easy access? Do they have buttons and knobs that are easy to use?

Kitchen. Do you need to add a lower cabinet to store the baby’s formula, baby food, and other baby items? If visually impaired, do you need a talking timer, clock, or thermometer?

Security. Make sure your home is well lit, and you can always add baby monitors (video and/or audio) for peace of mind.

If preparing your home is a financial challenge, sometimes small grants or loans are available to parents with a disability, so check with your community’s disability service coordinator or explore online.


While preparing to care for your child, don’t forget to care for yourself. Parenting can be stressful for anyone, so don’t feel that you’re the only one who gets overwhelmed with the day-to-day tasks of parenthood. Feeling stressed is normal, so it’s okay to ask for help.

Family and friends can be a great resource in times of stress. But if you don’t have this kind of support system in your life, there are community resources available, such as parenting classes, in-home parenting instruction, childcare, respite services, home-delivered meals/groceries, professional shoppers, daycare, babysitters, support groups, individual counseling, and group therapy.

Another way to care for yourself is to be mindful of your physical and mental health. What we eat affects how we think and feel. Exercise strengthens the body, gives you energy, releases feel-good chemicals in the brain, and can lower stress. A great way to de-stress is by taking up yoga or meditation. This will help you stay calm and focused during trying times.

Planning and preparation can make parenting easier and make you a stronger parent. If you need help assessing or preparing your home and your life for parenthood, a disability specialist is only a phone call away. Also, your baby will need you at your best, so don’t forget about self-care.

Ashley Taylor is a freelance writer, photographer, and advocate for people with disabilities. She created to provide information and resources to other parents with disabilities. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

JUST LISTED! Hilltown (Telford, PA)

101 Rosewood Drive

Beautiful corner lot single in Bridle Run! 101 Rosewood Drive in Telford, PA sits on 1.17 acres of land and has a gorgeous fenced in yard with inground pool and storage shed.

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This home offers you 4 large bedrooms with plenty of closet space! Master bedroom features 2 walk in closets (his and hers), full master bath with 2 pedestal sinks and walk in ceramic tiled shower. Full hall bath has shower-tub combo and double sink lighted vanity. On the main level you’ll find a foyer entrance with hardwood floors, powder room, formal sunlit living room, formal dining room and a huge eat in kitchen with adjacent family room. Kitchen features white cabinetry with corner lazy Susan, pantry closet and sliding glass doors to your amazing yard and patio. There is also a large, unfinished basement with egress to exterior via Bilco doors. Trane heater/HVAC/CA, tankless hot water, 200 AMP electric and ceiling fans in almost every room! Completing this home is a 2 car attached garage. Home is close to shopping and entertainment! Must see!   Property Details Click Here!

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Bristol Borough Wins!


Congratulations to Historic Bristol Borough for winning the Small Business Revolution 2017 Contest!! The Borough will receive $500,000 of marketing, project money and grants to revitalize the business district. This is exciting news for the waterfront community which has been seeing old world character mixing with modern charm in the way of new townhomes being built to mesh with older, established Victorian homes and the like! Seeing a lot of rehabs in the area too!

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Remembering 9/11

Remember the days, weeks and months after 9/11? The only good that came from that day is that we, as a country, seemed to unite as one. We weren’t black or white or any shade in between. We didn’t seem to hate each other. Every house hung a flag with pride. I remember driving and looking around at all the patriotism and feeling proud that I was American. People worked together to get through such a tragic event. No one looked at the color of someone’s skin and said statistically how many blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, etc. died that day .. it was people .. thousands of PEOPLE. The loss of human life. No one cared what God they did or didn’t worship. Police, fire, our military and our first responders were ALL heroes. I am truly saddened by how those professions are treated and disrespected today, only 15 short years later. I remember the pride we had in OUR country. We stood hand and hand and honored our flag and sung our anthem loudly. We cried together and we rose up together.
I’ll end with .. our society today … it scares me. I’d say “never forget” but I feel we have.


“When an eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher and become more than you believe you are capable of. Look at things from a new, higher perspective. Be patient with the present; know that the future holds possibilities that you may not yet be able to see. You are about to take flight.”


Help Wanted!


Happy Home Seller – There is currently an inventory shortage in our area! I need your help! My qualified home buyers need your help! If you are thinking of making a move or if you know someone who is, please contact me … I have qualified buyers who need homes to make offers on! We need new inventory!!

An inventory shortage creates an environment where there are more home buyers than there are homes for sale! In turn, there are multiple, competing offers on many properties! This can therefore drive real estate sales prices up! Property values are increasing in many, many locations!

Maybe over recent years you’ve “stayed put” thinking you couldn’t move due to lack of equity in your home? In this new and exciting climate, that may no longer be the case! I ask you to please contact me or pass my name along if you or anyone you know is considering a move. I would be happy to provide you with a detailed report regarding the current value of your home and go over with you how your community is fairing in today’s real estate market!


You simply need to be a current home owner who wants to make a move and you want to do so with the backing of a highly qualified, experienced real estate professional who will make that move and your real estate transaction as easy as humanly possible!


Oh the possibilities! Money in your pocket. A new home. A new view. The list goes on! Happy place, new space = smiley face!


Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates – Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties
Cell 215-510-2149   Office 215-992-1726



Happy Home Buyer – You (or someone you know) who is thinking of buying a home or investment property. You could be a first time home buyer who is looking to stop throwing money away on a rental. You are someone who wants to stop paying someone else’s mortgage. Maybe you’re ready to leave the nest, spread your wings and fly? You could be looking for an investment property or a second home. You could be looking to down-size. You could be outgrowing your current home. Whatever the case may be .. this is very much a “perfect storm” …

“Money is Cheap” – Meaning mortgage interest rates are at historic lows! There are many new and wonderful loan options and grants available today. From first time home buyers to seasoned investors, there is a loan product out there to make almost everyone happy!


The perfect candidate is someone who has dreams that they want to turn into reality. You are goal-oriented and you possess a strong desire to become a home owner or an investor. Of course there are credit requirements if you need to obtain a loan for a home or investment purchase, or to qualify for a grant. To see if you qualify please contact me – this opportunity can start as early as today!


There are so many … A new home. A new view. A tax deduction. An awesome investment – as they say … “there’s money in bricks!” This is an equity-building opportunity. Happy place, new space = smiley face!


Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates – Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties
Cell 215-510-2149   Office 215-992-1726



Newly Reduced Home for Sale in Northeast Philadelphia 19154

Plenty of recent upgrades have gone into this roomy townhome including Central Air, Heater, Electric, Refinished Hardwood Floors, Fresh Paint and More! Newly finished basement with recessed lighting, projection TV (included), 1/2 bath and sliding glass doors that lead to fenced yard with patio. Attached 1 Car Garage with Interior Access! Laundry room where the washer and dryer are included in the sale! 3 large bedrooms (master with his/hers closets) and a full ceramic tiled bath on upper floor. The main floor consists of a large, open living room and formal dining room with an air-lite kitchen.

Conveniently located to such attractions as PARX Casino, Philadelphia Mills, Dave & Buster’s, plenty of shops, restaurants and nearby fitness centers (YMCA and LA Fitness). Public transportation at the corner and easy access to main roads such as I95, Route 1, Woodhaven Road, Street Road and more.

NOW ONLY 175,000! Good deal? You tell me! Check out the recent sales in the area:

For more information, complete details and virtual tour, please visit this home’s website at:


Contact me today for your personal showing!!
Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates 215-992-1726

7 Things Cancer Taught Me

Cliché but True … or False?Eagle Flying Over Mountains

“When an eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher and become more than you believe you are capable of. Look at things from a new, higher perspective. Be patient with the present; know that the future holds possibilities that you may not yet be able to see. You are about to take flight.”

For better or for worse, today marks one year that my life changed forever. I thought about writing about what I physically and emotionally experienced: the roller coaster ride called “cancer” — but honestly, who wants to hear about my health issues or the medical walk down cancer’s path? It’s scary and the only people who will truly understand (no matter what I’d write about it) are those who’ve experienced it firsthand. We all have our hills and valleys and “crosses to bear.”

The only thing I will say about my physical/medical thyroid cancer experience, is please stop classifying it as “the good cancer.” Yes, believe it or not, many people classify thyroid cancer as a “good cancer” because of its survival rate … and I get that, I do. BUT – it was not “good.” No cancer is “good.” And as a matter of fact, it sucked. So please – “check your neck” – it’s more common than you think and one of the cancers that are on the rise.

What I do want to share with you are the “good things” cancer taught me. Don’t laugh. If I can lift up just one person’s spirit today, then I am happy and this blog did its job.

  1. Cancer taught me that routine is OK. Actually, routine kinda rocks. I am now thankful for my “routine.” There is nothing boring or mundane about doing the same things on a daily basis. Things like opening my eyes in the morning. Breathing. Being here. Hopefully, getting to see my amazing son grow into a man and growing (very) old with my rock of a husband. Appreciating the incredibly supportive family and friends that surround me. Things like that. I am “lucky.” I am thankful. I am truly blessed to have a routine. The little nest we make for ourselves is pretty awesome in itself.
  2. Cancer taught me that the saying “life is short” is ridiculously true as is the saying “time flies.” Life IS short, whether you live to be 110 or are called home “way too soon.” It goes by quick, so stop and smell the roses, unless you’re like me and are allergic to roses, then stop and smell the cookies baking in the oven .. and eat one, or two or even three of them. Savor and enjoy them. And … don’t forget to tell people you love them for they are your cookies (or your roses) — although I don’t think they’d appreciate you eating or sniffing them, so please don’t take me literally.
  3. Cancer taught me (ok, I’m lying, I learned this lesson long ago) but would like to share it here in case you haven’t – never let anyone tell you “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” Yeah, blah, blah, blah. This is one cliché I’ve found to be bullshit (over and over again, pure bullshit). It’s one cliché I hate. It’s one that shuts doors in your face. Only YOU will know how the grass feels to YOU, only you will know if the grass is greener and the only way to do that is to follow YOUR dreams. No one has the right to squash your dreams, only you can do that. And once you’ve felt and stepped on the fresh, new (sometimes scary and unknown) grass, don’t look back. Going backwards usually doesn’t get you far. It’s not rocket science.
  4. Cancer taught me “mind over matter” really does work. Hearing the news you have something that could end your life is a pretty hard concept to grasp. It sent me into a downward spiral. What most people don’t get is .. “it” was really no longer about me, “it” was about the people I might leave behind should this “thing” take my life. “It” hurt. “It” made me sad. “It” made me depressed. Not what I might physically experience, but the thoughts of not being there for my loved ones, most especially my child. Then one day I made a conscience decision. Well, I really don’t know what came over me, but whatever “it” was — “it” woke my sorry ass up. I have a life to live, however long may be left of it – do any of us really know? It is a life worth fighting for – I have people worth giving this fight everything I’ve got — whether I am here until I am 110 or if I am taken “too soon” – I’m taking off my kid gloves and fighting dirty if I have to .. and until my very last breath.
    My turning point: one morning I put on an old favorite, Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle” – it was early but I didn’t care. I blasted it, my windows were rattling. I envisioned myself with wings and I flew. I cried, I screamed, I punched things and then I sang. I played it over and over. I mentally “rose above” the mountains, spread my wings and I flew. Don’t get me wrong, I have my bad days, but I have not been grounded since. I am kicking ass. And with everything I have in me, I will continue to kick ass. Find your song, blast it and kick ass, kick ass every day!
  5. Cancer taught me that you’re not obligated to keep negative people in your life. If someone consistently and intentionally tries to bring you down, insults you, hurts you, or basically treats you like shit .. well … who has time for that? See #2. And while I believe in giving people a chance, sometimes more than one, you eventually learn that people who are full of negativity cause stress and sometimes sadness and anger (and other emotions) that clearly most humans would prefer to avoid, but for whatever their reasons… don’t. Cancer taught me I am not obligated to deal with consistently rotten people. Stress kills. One day (usually unfortunately) most people eventually grasp this concept, but hopefully not too late because roses and cookies smell better than shit, shit (as we all know) stinks. Cancer tends to straighten out life’s priorities. And the saying. “my poop smells like roses,” is a lie.
  6. Cancer taught me that life’s lemons sometimes teach us amazing life lessons. These “lemons” slap us in the face, they beat us down, sometimes so far down that some people can’t and don’t get up. So if you’re one of the “stronger folks” who is able to pick yourself up make lemonade … then please remember to be kind, please pick up those who may not be as strong as you. Offer them a hand and show them they can walk again. It’s not always about “you” .. most times it’s about “others” and “others” shouldn’t be a tripping hazard. And don’t forget, they are bearing their own cross that you may or may not be able to SEE.
  7. Cancer taught me to open my eyes. Now please … open yours, you don’t need cancer in your life to see “it” — Enjoy the beauty of the “unseen” things in your life, seek them out. Find those “routine” unseen things (see #1), they are there .. every day .. right in front of you .. and might be taken for granted. Things you think are going to magically happen tomorrow (yes, they really ARE magical) — for tomorrow is not promised. Things such as sunsets and sunrises, rain, butterflies, flowers, smiles, even frowns and tears (as some tears teach us those amazing life-lessons, see #6).

I’ll stop at 7, for it’s “lucky number 7” and I’m feeling LUCKY (sorry – I’m so full of clichés you may want to smack me at this point) .. and I could go on .. because cancer taught me a lot about LIVING .. but I’ll end with ..

I hope you find “your routine” and appreciate it. I hope you revel in it. I hope that you find “your song” and blast it. Dance to it! Dance to it with bare feet, in the rain and on your new grass! Eat cookies, smell roses and don’t take any shit! And don’t forget to KICK ASS!

PS – One last cliché – “Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.” You know the rest. If you don’t .. please open your eyes, please don’t wait for something bad to learn something GOOD.

dance in the rain


“Cancer Free” as of May 8, 2015
– Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Bensalem, PA Home for Sale – JUST REDUCED

Bensalem PA Home for Sale

JUST RECUDED BY 15,000!! Plenty of room in this 3 Bedroom Expanded Rancher in the Nottingham area of Bensalem! Bensalem, PA has been named by Time – Money Magazine as “One of the Best Places to Live in the Country!” This home is located conveniently with easy access to Route 1 and the PA Turnpike, is close to shopping, PARX Casino, fine dining, entertainment and more. Arrive at 3811 Cedarcrest Road greeted by a brick path leading to a relaxing front covered patio – porch.   READ MORE

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Sandyford Park Home for Sale, Philadelphia, PA 19152

homes for sale sandyford parkStunning twin home for sale in Sandyford Park, Philadelphia, PA 19152. This gorgeous home boasts a brand new kitchen with breakfast bar, formal dining room, large living room, 3 big bedrooms, beautifully updated bathroom, finished basement with fireplace, huge private deck with sunken hot tub, off street parking and more!

Sandyford Park is located in Northeast Philadelphia, its borders are Cottman Avenue, Roosevelt Boulevard, Ryan Avenue and Sandyford Road. The majority of the homes in this neighborhood are stone and brick twins anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000+ square feet of living space, not including their basements. Neighborhood Info

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Real Estate – it’s all about the bass.

Cerwin-Vega-SpeakersCerwin Vega Speakers. Who remembers these gems? Today they are the inspiration of my post. My brother bought me these monsters back in the day, if I recall, maybe in the early 1990s, possibly even the late 1980s. He saved up his money and bought me these for my birthday or maybe it was Christmas .. it was so long ago, I really don’t remember anything but being ridiculously happy. These speakers kicked some major ass. My parents would go out for the night and I’d stay home just to blast them, the windows rattled and the neighbors complained. I wasn’t a very nice “kid” – the more they complained to my parents, the louder I’d make them the next time my parents left the house. A few times I put them outside in the yard on full blast just to annoy the crap out of them. If I had to guess, this would be my Dad’s DNA as I can recall him having the volume up so high, he’s shattered windows. Today I thank God I don’t have neighbors like the former, younger me (or my Pop) … I do, I really do.

But bad neighbors, they’re not the point of this blog. These big, old speakers made me realize that being a real estate agent is truly a rewarding career. You may wonder … how in the hell did these ginormous speakers make a Realtor feel that way? My clients. My clients got a kick out of them. My young, 20 something clients. In one of the houses I was showing them, someone had a glorious set of these monster speakers very similar to mine (because yes I still have them, they still work, I still love them, they still kick ass and I still occasionally blast them – only now I don’t have neighbors close enough to piss off)!!

Our “speakers of the past” conversation made me think .. Wow, I am probably 2 decades (or more? no .. just no) older than my clients?!?!!  Not that it made me feel old, because in my head, I’m still 20 something too. It made me feel awesome because they are sharing their excitement and their firsts with me. Newly married and buying their first home and I get to be a part of that. The speakers took me on a trip down memory lane and made me think about what I’ve done, my life’s firsts and how I now get to help so many others and be a part of their firsts, helping to make their dreams come true. Now … How cool is that?

This blog is just a little shout out to thank my clients, Cerwin Vega and most especially my brother for the fond memories I’ve made for myself, both old and new, and the amazing ones I get to have a small part in helping to create for others.

Making the American Dream of Homeownership REAL

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates
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