Lessons I've Learned Having Special Needs Siblings

8 Lessons I've Learned From My Siblings With Prader-Willi Syndrome

Some things cannot be taught in a course or a classroom.

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In 2003, my younger brother Taylor was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a disorder that causes him to think and grow differently. In addition, he always feels hungry even after eating a full meal, so food can potentially be dangerous to him. In 2011, my family adopted a girl named Lizzie who also has Prader-Willi. Living with Taylor and Lizzie has taught me some interesting and important things that have helped develop me into who I am.

1. Patience is very important.

One of the most important things I have learned from my siblings is how to be patient. A lot of times they may not follow directions, simply because they can't understand it. So I had to learn to not get mad quickly but understand them instead. Patience is important because is the essence of peace and happiness, so the more patient you can be the smoother your life will go.

2. Making interesting connections between unrelated topics is an art.

Taylor can make some really random and interesting connections. For example, when ever he disagrees on something and realizes he's wrong, he'll start repeating his point and then afterwards say, "I'm Elf!" Just about everyone is confused about it but I figured out that he's referencing the movie "Elf" by taking on Buddy The Elf's rhetorical tactics of repetition. Extremely creative connections like this is what sets Taylor's humor apart from anyone else's.

3. Sports are cooler than I thought.

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I have never been much of a sports fan but Taylor knows pretty much every major league sports player. And when I say he knows them, I mean he gives them a bro hug when he sees them. One of our family friends plays for the Minnesota Vikings, and whenever he is home Taylor will ask if he can visit. Meanwhile, The manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clint Hurdle, invites Taylor to come to the game because his daughter also has Prader-Willi Syndrome.

We love taking Taylor to sports games cause he gets really involved and he will have us get there early so he can sit on the sideline and talk to the players when they warm up. Then the day after, we'll go outside and reenact his favorite moments from the game in our backyard. He usually beats me even when I try really hard!

4. Little things can make the difference.

Many people don't think about the small things they do, but Lizzie is very good at noticing and keeping track of every little thing you do. I have learned from her that small things can make the difference and that doing small things will help make other people happy. When she was learning to write she would write "I LoVE SAmMMy" and leave it outside my door. Even though it was a piece of paper with barely legible writing it always made my day.

5. But if they don't work out it's okay.

Even though small things make a difference they will not cause the world to end though it may seem like it. While some small things like who gets to feed the dog may cause an argument between siblings it always works out in the end. Like my Mom says and my sister repeats, "Sometimes you just have to be flexible!"

6. Different people have different needs.

It's something you may not consider, but people that aren't you may have different needs. It is important because if you do not think about other people's needs when interacting with them you actions may cause tension, frustration and miscommunication. Remember that everyone thinks differently so make sure to treat them accordingly.

7. Being hungry make people unhappy.

Being hangry is a real thing and you don't realize how much it can affect your mood until you live with people that get hungrier faster than you. But that being said I am glad to be able to solve most problems in my family with just a hot dog or a snack bag!

8. Anything is possible for anyone

It doesn't matter what you have been through, what you're going through or what sets you back, if you put your mind to it you can be just as good as the rest. Taylor and Lizzie may have mental and physical disabilities but that does not stop them from doing incredible things. Taylor is the all-star sports star of the local special needs sports team, and Lizzie is an amazing caretaker, horseback rider and swimmer. I am very proud of the things my siblings have accomplished and cannot wait to see what else they do in the future!

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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