How has Illness impacted my parenting?
In conclusion, I recognize that I can still be and still am the caring loving mother that my children need. My role as mother has not disappeared or decreased due to illness. Instead it has been altered in ways that I never expected. Worries, concerns, visions, participation, protecting, teaching, and loving my children are still very present - yet how I perceive the effectiveness of my parenting skills varies greatly, depending on my health situation and how I feel. Regardless of my illness and my lack of being as active as I desire - my children will still receive everything they need and more from me as their mother. For every example of what they are “missing” as a result of my illness, there’s a replacement of something else they have learned or experienced about life instead.
My deepest goal is to raise children that……
-Experience and understand the true meaning of love and family,
-Recognize God’s blessings, comfort, and everlasting promises
-Develop empathy & kindness towards others regardless of their differences (visible or not)
-Are dedicated, motivated, and willing to strive for their dreams, even when obstacles get in the way
-Care about their personal needs (in an unselfish way) so they can take better care of their families
-Are willing to stand up and advocate for themselves (and others when needed)
-Feel the pride and love that I have for each of them
--Are Healthy, Respectful, Respectable, Wise, Happy, & Successful in all that they choose to do in life
- Are aware of and never forget how important they are in my life and how much l love them.
A proud mother, educator, Gastroparesis & GI Motility Disorder Advocate,
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