raising kids

‘I want to go home.’ Strong-willed, she wouldn’t budge. There we were, in the middle of a trail on a picture-perfect day for a walk.’: Mom urges ‘sit with them, so they know there’s someone who always will’

“I could have given in. I could have just walked with her back to the car. But I refused. And so we sat. And sat. And sat. For as long as it took for us to work things out. For her to work through her feelings. For me to keep in control of mine.”

‘May I hug your boys?’ An older woman approached me in the cereal aisle. ‘You don’t know what I’d give to hear my grandson laugh one last time.’: Twin mom touched by Walmart chance encounter

“She said, ‘I know you probably hate this and I’m sorry to take up so much of your time. You see, I lost my only grandchild last year, and about the only time I see kids his age is when I do my grocery shopping.’ I couldn’t find any words. I stood in silence, grieving for her.”

‘The time will come too quickly, when they’ll be out the door.  Before you know it, those 18 years fly, and you’ll be wishing for the time back.’: Mom urges ‘take every day for what it’s worth’

“You stand on the sidelines cheering them on, guiding them through the ins and outs of life. You take every hug you can get, kiss every boo-boo, give advice when they need it, and hope as they grow and age, they know mom will always be there with her door wide open.”

‘Stop, you’re holding him too close.’ I ignored them, rarely letting go. I assumed everyone was this fiercely protective.’: Mom shares battle with postpartum anxiety, ‘I had no idea why I was suffering’

“Night upon night were panic-filled dreams, cold sweats. I’d frantically fumble through the sheets in search of my baby, who I was convinced I’d rolled on in my extreme state of exhaustion. Everywhere we went, I envisioned horrible things. I became the mother who hovered beneath the play equipment and fed only pureed food in fear he would choke. My mom friends stopped trying. Offers for play-dates and coffee meets ceased.”

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