For me, one of the hardest parts of being a parent is wondering if I'm screwing up my kid by making all sorts of decisions that I feel unqualified to make. I'm not the only one, right?
What makes it worse is that there are about 50 million books that offer different strategies that all claim to be the right one to make your child happy, healthy, successful, compliant, brave and fearless (which is often the opposite of compliant). Instead of being helpful, my knowledge of these books just adds to my guilt.
Who has time for all that reading when I'm busy making a decision about whether it's better for my kid to go hungry after refusing anything green or whether it's better for her to just eat pizza again?
This is where The Mighty comes in-- not just with advice, but with a friendly "me too." I may not have time to read a book, but I do have time to read a short article from another mom with her ideas about how to help my child, and more importantly, with her acknowledgement that this stuff (parenting) is HARD.
The Mighty offers a collection of essays from everyday humans that share their experiences with a variety of conditions-- autism, mental health, disability, chronic illness and so much more. Just today, The Mighty features the following articles that may be of help to some of my readers:
When People Say 'He Doesn't Look Autistic'
Why First-Person Language Matters When Discussing Down syndrome
Learning to Let Go of Shame as Mom with ADHD
The IEP Pre-Meeting Checklist You Need (Hey! I wrote this one!)
These essays have been a balm to my soul in times of stress, and have also offered practical suggestions for some of my biggest questions. The best part? It's FREE. You can follow The Mighty on Facebook, Instagram, at www.themighty.com and you can subscribe to their weekly email blast that features articles about whichever topic you select-- autism, rare disease, epilepsy or even parenting in general.
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