Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekend Links 4/4/14

Good in the trenches - Enjoying The Small Things
When guilt pulls you down - Angela Nazworth via (in)courage
Friendship: A Piece of Cake - Ann Swindell via (in)courage
Because Mothers Don't Want It To Be Over. Even The Hard Stuff - Lisa Jo Baker
Why I argue in front of my kids (sometimes) - Shaun Groves via The Art of Simple

Eating Disorder/Mental Illness/Self Esteem
Denial of our past - Surviving Anorexia
Postpartum Depression & The Casserole Famine - Katherine Stone via Life Rearranged

Special Needs
Study Indicates Autism Begins During Pregnancy - The Sensory Spectrum
Life in a special needs world - Parents Magazine

The statements below are taken directly from the Parents Magazine article. . . Such truth.
I (and Brandon) feel all of these emotions from time to time. . .

This is what mothers of children who have special needs want other moms to know:

  • I may look tough, but know that I'm as fragile as my child. I just don't have the option to show it.
  • Please don't tell me to just relax. There is always something to be done: doctor appointments, therapy appointments, insurance people to talk to, papers to be filled out, extra encouragement and praise and attention to be given. It's exhausting.
  • We often can't do activities other people with kids the same age do, [but] I still relish the adult friendships [with moms whose kids don't have special needs].
  • Be more sensitive when bragging about [your] typically developing kids. Even though we are blessed and thankful for our kiddos, [we also] feel sadness for not being able to experience certain things that other people might take for granted.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone! Make it great!

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