My name is Tina Szymczak, aka mom2spiritedboys. I’m a 40-something mom and wife. From my University graduation in 1995 until now I have worked in early intervention with some brief stints as an advocate/family resource for families with a loved one with a disability. I believe in inclusion and self-determination. I dream of a world where everyone is embraced and supported in the ways they need to achieve their dreams. Currently I am full time working mom as we try to get our life back on track (and my husband would love if that would include cleaning and organizing of our home). This previously anonymous blog is one of my outlets and I am hoping that the information I provide will be a resource for families who are experiencing some of the same challenges that we have faced – whether it be raising children with complex needs, advocating within the education system, adopting from foster care, trying not to lose your sense of self as you parent or just generally being a mom to spirited boys. I also write about my struggles with infertility and depression. I live in Ontario Canada so my focus will be on what I know and may not apply to those in another area.
My husband Adam is 40 something and works hard to financially support our family plus he is an amazing father to our boys and a rock solid husband that I can lean on. We have been together for 22 years and have been married 20.
We have 2 spirited boys – Corbin age 17 and Jeremy age 11. We adopted both our boys domestically from foster care when they were 3.5 and 18 months old, respectively. Both our boys have diagnosed disabilities. Our oldest has complex needs and used to be on a modified school day. We were never the kind of couple to assume we knew everything there was to know about parenting – we were well aware there was a lot we didn’t know and we had no illusions. Good thing – because we never could have imagined the road we would travel with our boys.