I am a grandparent helping raise my 2 granddaughters due to their mom being very ill. Raising children is complicated and helping to raise children that are not in your home all the time and have seen years of drug abuse is not simple. I'm so grateful for this book and the practical daily homework that helped me to sort out some of my wrong motives and thinking. I think the Author sells herself short when she says this book is for Adoptive or Foster parents. I think it's for every parent or grandparent!!
So helpful. I’m going to read it a 2nd time !
We are still enjoying your book. I especially like your questions that you ask us to answer. I was reading it the other day as we were in the car and answering those questions really opened up conversation between the two of us. It made me realize how much goes unsaid. Not for any specific reason, probably from exhaustion and brain fog. Thank you for this book!
I stuffed down the loneliness of trying to bond with two girls who resisted my efforts and ended up with chronic headaches for six months. I gained thirty pounds and struggled with debilitating upper back pain. I sold my gym and slowed down long enough to listen to my thoughts and allow myself to feel everything I had been pushing away. I knew if the one who formed the heavens, earth, sky, waters, animals, and stars rested, so should I.
While there were many other things I did to process my emotions, I started with sleep, rest, and abiding in Christ. When I could think straight, I was able to feel again. God did amazing things with my story as I began to unpack the emotions buried deep.
I am so grateful that you wrote your book! I already have some precious adoptive moms I want to share it with!
Parenthood was a hard-fought road for me. After a couple of harrowing diagnoses, my dreams of becoming a mom began to unravel.
Now as a mom to three beautiful adopted kiddos (all under four!), I am using what I’m learning in my quiet times to gain wisdom in this crazy season of parenthood. I am hands down a more patient, loving parent when I meet with Jesus that morning. Not that my circumstances magically get easier, but I have someone to walk with me and his truth resounding in my mind and heart every step of the way.
Welcome! I'm Ashley Christian, childhood behavioral therapist and mom to five teens/tweens through birth and adoption, including two with lifelong special needs. Juggling it all is as crazy as you would imagine, and it's led to seasons of overwhelming stress and burnout.
I'm sure you've been there too, balancing kids, marriage, money, housework, meals, health, friendship, faith, carpool, etc. There are days it seems like you're failing at everything and winning at nothing, and the only thing you're able to accomplish is yelling at your kids, again.
What you need is margins.
Modern motherhood leads to burnout, and the answer is creating more space in your life to breathe and truly enjoy what's most important to you. I'm here to help sister, let's do this mom life together!