This week my recent piece about my daughter's hidden worry - and our efforts to get a handle on it - was published by For Every Mom. I was of course cheered by the idea that anything our family has learned might be useful encouraging to someone else... because isn't that what's all about? Insights and camaraderie, mom to mom, are what breathe life and hope into the effort to mother well (or at least a big part of it).
This week, too, I've been on the receiving end of wisdom from a mom who encourages through her words... big time. In the days after my post came out, no less than four people turned me onto a new book that's just been released by the amazing Sally Clarkson. It's co-written by one of her now grown children, her son Nathan Clarkson. It's called Different: the Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him.
Man, what a book. I'm here to tell you: the thing is priceless. Encouraging, instructive, big-picture-presenting, loneliness-abating. For anyone who feels overwhelmed or unsure while parenting a kid who doesn't respond in traditional ways to standard parenting tactics... Get a copy.Read More