I’m a mom, head over heels in love with my kids. My own mom died shortly after I became engaged to my husband. There have been many times along the parenting journey when I have keenly missed being able to talk to her about her experiences with me and my sister. I hope and pray that I will be here for my kids for a very long time, but I want to leave a record for them just in case I can’t share these memories with them in person.
My husband and I endeavor to follow the Attachment Parenting (AP) methods popularized by Dr. William Sears and family. The best summary I can come up with is that it’s a method which honors the child as an individual who has his or her own needs, wants and feelings. We try to understand what those needs, wants and feelings are, and respond to them as quickly as possible. Please see their web site for more information. They explain it much better than I ever could.
I choose to write anonymously to protect my family’s privacy. A few entries on this blog will still be password-protected because they may embarrass the kids when they’re older, or it’s something that just shouldn’t be shared universally, but can be shared with those closest to us. We don’t post their pictures publicly, either. We made a decision long ago that we would allow our children to control their own internet presence once they are mature enough to do so responsibly.
Thank you for visiting us here. Although my primary goal is to create a record for my children, I’ll admit my ego enjoys viewing the stats page and reading any comments you might leave. I hope, in turn, that something you read here might bring you joy or comfort. Parenting must be the hardest job in the world, and the most rewarding. Sometimes it’s nice to share the experience.