Tina Szymczak

June 20, 2017

My second vlog!

I can’t figure out yet how to post my video directly to this site so for now go on over to Facebook and check it out https://www.facebook.com/tina.muggridgeszymczak?fref=nf&pnref=story
June 13, 2017

My first vlog!!

I did my first video about Tourette Syndrome and our path to diagnosis. I posted it on Facebook because I couldn’t figure out how to upload such a big file on WordPress. Then I did some googling and it seems that it is not recommended to upload videos directly onto WordPress. So go over to my Facebook page and check it out. I plan to try to make weekly vlog posts. https://www.facebook.com/SpiritedBlessings
June 1, 2017
Life Saver By Pool

Get In The Pool

In 2010, our darkest of times as a family, I began to use an analogy of a swimming pool when trying to describe the difficult parts of our family’s journey and I wanted to share it here. I make specific references to adoption because that is the journey I have made but I hope the analogy itself might strike a chord with other parents of kids with complex needs as well. Back when my husband and I decided to pursue adoption, we never expected it to be easy. Not at all. But there was no real way for us to know how very hard it would be until we had experienced it for ourselves. Throughout the adoption process we were […]
May 30, 2017


Thanks goes out to my amazing big brother Christopher Muggridge of Lumin8 for creating this wonderful website for me. I will be working on importing more of my old content from the other site. The breathtaking family and individual photos were taken by Stephanie at Stesha Bella Photography  at The Old Mill in Harrow
May 22, 2017

Becoming a Self Advocate

Months ago my youngest, Jeremy, read a book called Beyond Ok by Susan Schenk. It resonated with him and he was eager to discuss with his tutor about his own learning and what works best for him. We had been trying for years to explain learning disabilities and how they affect him. We tried to determine what strategies would work best for him but he remained silent and reluctant to discuss it. We were at a loss. Then along came the book and he just opened up. I read it too and we had some good discussions about it. He was doing a book talk on her book so he reached out to Susan on Facebook and she was kind […]
May 16, 2017

To My Son’s Other Mother

I have another new post at Her View From Home titled To My Son’s Other Mother