This week, I traveled to Baltimore for a conference. I wouldn’t call myself well-traveled, so it was a nice opportunity to meet others and take in teachings from the best of the best, those being colleagues from across the nation.
My parents taught me to be kind, color inside the lines, stand up for others and knock before entering, among a multitude of other undoubtedly appropriate rules for prospering in life.
Growing up, you learn these rules – spoken and unspoken, intentionally and unintentionally. But rules were meant to be broken.
When we become parents we are forced to make difficult decisions. Some certainly more difficult than others. Whether life threatening, life changing or just a step or two too far outside our comfort zone, change is inescapable. This week, I am tackling change.
Parents, consider this your permission to go get a massage.
With the holidays pounding on your door, you are officially busier this month than any other. In an effort to celebrate how amazing you really are, I’ve written down a glimpse of “the busy life of a parent” for the month of December.
It’s no secret that we parents all worry about our children’s safety.
We buckle their seatbelts, buy them bicycle helmets, slather on sunscreen – some of us even locate children with secret GPS on their mobile devices.
When I first became a mother almost five years ago, in addition to the fear and anxiety I was facing from finding out my newborn son had Williams syndrome, I was also recently subjected to what no mom escapes – guilt.
So your child has special needs. You’ve gone through steps to grieve it, accept it, educate yourself and move forward. But part of moving forward is making the decision of whether you want to become an advocate for your child’s cause.
The ability to speak and use words is one of those skills in life most of us take for granted. It was after I become a mother to my unique boy that I soon realized the ability to use words is not created equal for all.
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