Jen Franklin Kearns

Jen Franklin Kearns
Jen Franklin Kearns grew up in Central Ohio and is pleased to raise her family here as well. She and her husband Mark reside in Delaware and are parents to Alex, Addie, and Andrew. Their home is completed by their loyal beagle, Maisey. Jen is a social media analyst for a local family foundation, and she is also a passionate advocate for inclusion and disability rights. Jen’s oldest son, Alex, has Down syndrome and Jen works tirelessly to ensure that Alex has access to inclusive opportunities in their community. Jen and Mark are raising their children to know that that inclusion matters for all. When Jen isn’t advocating, writing, or shuttling her kids back and forth to sports practices or club meetings, she enjoys perusing social media, reading, and drinking large amounts of coffee.
missing out on the "lasts" of school

Processing the Loss of My Youngest’s Elementary School “Lasts”

Like many other households, ours came to a screeching stop about six weeks ago when we received “stay at home” orders from our governor. Our jam-packed calendar went from at least one commitment per...
World Down Syndrome Day

Celebrating 3/21: World Down Syndrome Day

For my family, 3/21 is considered a holiday. We celebrate it with as much recognition as other more mainstream holidays that fall on the calendar throughout the year. Why 3/21? It’s World Down Syndrome...
Valentine's day with Tweens

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with the Not-So-Little Loves of Your Life

It seems that before we’re even finished decking the halls in December, the frilly, sparkly Valentine’s Day decorations, cards, and gifts begin popping up. It’s a challenge to meander through stores in January without...

Why I Encourage My Kids to Use Social Media

Parenting is always an adventure. No matter your parenting style, there often seem to be issues that pop up out of nowhere that cause us to pause and reconsider what we’re doing. Even the...