Everything I Know I Learned From My Differently-Abled Child

You can never have too many hugs.

If you smile, wave and say hi, most people reciprocate. And if they don’t, just keep trying.


Thursday night’s “rockstars” before getting on stage for an Annual Performance!

Regular pajama days are a necessity.

Everyone is good at something.

The only way to sing is at the top of your lungs.

If you expect wondrous things to happen, they usually do.

It’s hard to be grumpy about the rain if you’re dancing in it.

A jaunty hat can improve every outfit.

There is absolutely every reason to have meatballs for breakfast.

Commemorate every holiday and don’t forget to decorate (a lot)!

Take a little bit of time to sit quietly every day. It’s good for body, mind and soul.   Having a bunny in the yard to watch is even better.

Sharing is a way of life.


Paul is all smiles!

Document your world and what makes you happy.

A little obsession isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Go at your own pace. Don’t let others rush you.

Snuggling is the best way to start and end your day.

Celebrate the little accomplishments just as much as the big ones.

Having a job to do is important.

There are lots of ways to achieve a goal. Don’t get too hung up on the method.

Everybody needs help sometimes.

– Beth Gianturco
Mom to danceability dancer, Paul



Beth and son, Paul

Beth Gianturco has been a danceability parent since the 2010-11 season. Her son, Paul, dances on Thursday nights with some awesome young men he is happy to call friends.  “The best part of being a danceability parent is the opportunity to bond with other parents in the waiting room and cheer on all the dancers at the annual performance.”

In 2012, Beth took on a new role at danceabilityworking in the office behind the scenes to make day-to-day operations run smoothly.  You’ve probably talked to her on the phone or gotten an email or two from her.  “The best part of working at danceability is the opportunity to help such a wonderful organization be the best it can be and getting to know all the families and dancers.”


Stay tuned for more features from Beth and other danceability parents!


3 thoughts on “Everything I Know I Learned From My Differently-Abled Child

  1. Well said Beth!!!!! Reading that list made me smile because they are almost all identical to the list in my house!!!!! (Especially the singing at the top of your lungs part, lol).

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  2. Every one of those things brought a smile to my face and made me think of Paul!! The reason he’s so great is because he’s got a great mom! Very awesome… This just made my day 😀


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