To start, lower any expectations you have about creating the perfect family holiday to make up for your shitty childhood. Because let’s be honest, there is no making up for that. Let’s make the goal more realistic: just getting through it is fantastic.
What was the most surprising thing about becoming a parent? I was surprised, delighted, and relieved to know that despite my childhood trauma and the belief systems that I was raised in that were designed to keep me small, I still had the capacity to love another human being unconditionally. Tell us about one of … Continue reading Contributing Author: Jodie Ortega
What was the most surprising thing about becoming a parent? After being told I couldn’t have kids naturally, I feel so lucky to be their mom. Tell us about one of your proudest parenting moments. My youngest is on the spectrum. We went through countless therapies and medical professionals trying to get help for her. … Continue reading Contributing Author: Danielle Christopher
Once I figured out that silence is a burden, writing about trauma has not been difficult. The first time I wrote about my trauma was in my victim impact statement that I prepared for my perpetrator’s sentencing. I was paralyzed with fear at that point. That was three years ago-- I’m glad writing about trauma has become an outlet and not a source of fear.
What was the most surprising thing about becoming a parent? How scared I was to know I was responsible for a precious gift. I was terrified to keep him safe. Tell us about one of your proudest parenting moments. That I did not break him, he will still need therapy by the time he is … Continue reading Contributing Author: Christina Baird