Life as a parent is a roller coaster. We feel the ups and downs and the unpredictability of the sudden turns that can leave us feeling queasy.
Some days, all we can do is hang on and try to enjoy the ride. Especially, since we know that it will be over before we know it!
A few weeks ago, I had an especially curvy day.
I got a call from the school. My son couldn’t control his anger after being repeatedly taunted and physically poked and stepped on. He fought back.
By now, I shouldn’t take these phone calls and incidents personally, but sometimes I do. I know that the phrase, “and she is a teacher” is still part of the conversation between staff members. Who knows, maybe they even throw in the, ” if he had a consistent male influence…”
For whatever reason, I had forgotten the growth and the positive changes and I was swallowed up by the frustration.
It was a tiring day.
After dinner on this same day, I received an interesting request.
Because of my blog and the connections that I have made through this work, I was asked to be a speaker for an upcoming parenting Telesummit. I was supposed to share my expertise about parenting through positive approaches!
The timing was ironic. I hadn’t been positive that day. I try on most days and I can certainly encourage others, but I hadn’t done it with my own kid today.
There was a big part of me that thought I shouldn’t be included. I don’t have all the answers. On most days, I am still asking a lot of questions.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have done the interview and learned more about the project.
I have talked about this opportunity with family and friends and they tell me to accept the pleasure of being included. That my “in the trenches” experience as a special needs parent, might connect with more parents than the Princeton grad or the ongoing contributor for The Today Show. They reminded me of my mission to help other parents and that this is an amazing opportunity to do just that.
They are right.
I accept it. I claim it.
I am honored to be included with some incredible and talented speakers.
So here goes… if you are interested in this free parenting telesummit that goes live in January, check out http://www.raisethemstrong.com
Don’t forget to come back and tell me what you think! 🙂