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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.
Anxiety manifests in a surprising variety of ways in part because it is based on a physiological response to a threat in the environment, a response that maximizes the body’s ability to either face danger or escape danger. So while some children exhibit anxiety by shrinking from situations or objects that trigger fears, some react with overwhelming need to break out of an uncomfortable situation. That behavior, which can be unmanageable, is often misread as anger or opposition.
The next time you feel yourself inclined to punish, I want you to ask yourself this question: Why am I so angry with MYSELF right now that I want to punish my child and lose relationship, thus punishing myself? I hope that when you can honestly answer that question, or even just slow down enough to ask yourself that question, you will be touched by a moment or light in the midst of your darkness.
So I continue to persevere in parenting, knowing that I have to be the parent my kids need. I try not to think about what it would be like if I could parent like my friends parent. I try not to feel bad when I hear other moms talk about basketball games, swim meets, band concerts, or slumber parties. I continue to educate my friends and family so they understand more about our family and the unique challenges we face. And as I continue to be the parent my kids need, I have hope that they won’t always need this- there is progress being made.