My son Kyle was diagnosed at week 11 of my pregnancy with Trisomy 18, a fatal genetic disorder. We had two young daughters, and sometimes it was hard to know what to say to them about something so big, but I’m so glad we didn’t keep the truth from them.
Posts in the "Acceptance" category:
How can we restore family harmony in the face of discord? Melissa Carter shares what one experience taught her about family relationships, daily tasks, and mothering instincts.
According to researchers, the teen brain grows and changes significantly during puberty. How can this knowledge influence the way we raise our teenagers?
No one will ever write a feature about my eleven-hundred square foot dwelling, home to thirty thousand Legos. But what if they did? What if an editor who was determined to keep it real paid a visit to my very lived-in house? What would the article say?
Can you really get in shape by eating MORE and exercising LESS? If you’re tired of doing math at the dinner table and/or starving yourself in order to lose weight, this podcast is for you.
We might believe that we’re encouraging our children to be who and what they want to be, but we probably also assume our children will naturally follow in our footsteps. Is this assumption preventing us from having close, connected relationships with our children?
No matter what your child’s challenges are, face them. Accept them. Fight for them. Find joy in them. And above all, love them. No one can do this but you.
So much pressure exists for kids to be perfect at everything. My experience with an eating disorder has made me certain that our kids need to hear this instead: Do your best, be kind, give back, make healthy choices, embrace what makes you different. You are powerful. You make a difference. You are enough.
I think parenting is the single greatest endeavor I will ever embark upon, and because of that, I think it deserves my very best, most deliberate behavior. However, I no longer believe that what I do is the only thing that matters.
By the proverbial standards of the world, it’s easy to classify the majority of mothers, by virtue of what we do, day in and day out, as ordinary. But make sure you don’t forget to use the word ‘fabulous’ in front of that description.
Motherhood can be overwhelming. Many women can feel “mommy burnout” more often than they care to admit. Author Amy H. Fonseca relates her experiences with mothering and how the process of “letting go” of our baggage and stress can help us see motherhood in a new light.
When life gets overwhelming, sometimes it is necessary to gain a new perspective. The “grandma version” of ourselves is wise and witty and helps us to achieve the balance we need to survive the years until we do indeed become grandparents.