"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
~ Peggy O'Mara
Peaceful parenting does not come naturally to me. I was raised - like many people my age, I imagine - in an authoritarian household. Yelling and punishment have been woven into the fabric of my life.
I am trying to write a different story for my children. It's hard, but the more I am present and aware of my first instincts; that voice inside my head, the one telling me to demand obedience, the more I am able to instead act with empathy and compassion.
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid"
~ Albert Einstein
In 2009, we were blessed with our first child, Jack. Jack is creative and passionate. He allows himself to become completely enveloped by his interests. He loves to draw and build, climb trees and do flips on the trampoline.
Jack was also born with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. It's part of who he is but does not define him. Autism allows Jack to really focus on his passions. Cerebral Palsy allows Jack to build strength and resilience. It also allows him to accept and love himself for who he is.