Thank Heaven for Little Children

I wasn’t sure what to call this. “Thank heaven I’m not alone” was the best title, but it lacked that certain “ring.” Parenting is some serious tough stuff. If you have more than one child, you’re increasing your odds of having that “special” child who will grate your nerves and press your buttons for fun, around the clock, for years. I know. I have one of those. I was blessed to have him first because after him, every other child seemed like a piece of cake.

I homeschool, so my special child  is a real joy to have 24/7 with no break from the madness. On the other hand, he has no break from my continued and often loud demand for respect, honor, obedience and character. I homeschool because I always need a pet project and before I started writing in an attempt to be published, I put my children into my crazy. I was the Martha Stewart of homeschool.  Writing has really quelled that. Nowadays, I just try to stay a float and balance it all. It’s tough and often impossible.

Having said that, I want to say that I would never trade my wild child for anything. He tests my patience and character everyday. He teaches me about myself and pushes me to be a better me. Truthfully, I don’t always feel that way, but it’s still true. As a mother and a writer, I am especially thankful for writers who write about parenting. I don’t know what I’d do if I thought I was alone in this. So, to all my fellow mother/writer friends, thank you. Thank you for being tough, for helping me through my days and for giving me hope on the hopeless days! Thank you to every mom who has written a book full of ideas and kindness. You are appreciated! Then, finally, most importantly, thank you to all my children for cultivating the garden of my heart, developing my character, defining my patience and increasing my ability to love.

I wrote today’s post as part of the WOW-Women on Writing Blanket Tour for Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder by Chynna Laird. The book is a memoir of a mother fighting for a diagnosis when countless doctor’s told her that her daughter was just “spirited”. Chynna shares the heartbreaking reality of mothering a child with a severe “No touch” rule. She calls it “Mothering without touch.” Although Not Just Spirited is the perfect match for parents of children with SPD, the determination and victories shown in the book will encourage anyone parenting a child with special needs or working to overcome an obstacle in their own life.

Chynna has also written a children’s book, I’m Not Weird, and resource book about SPD,At-Home Strategies for Managing Sensory Processing Disorder: A Guide for Parents .She is now working on another book White Elephants. When not writing, Chynna is a mom to her three young children and a student working on her BA in Psychology. You can stop by and visit Chynna Laird’s site

If you comment on today’s post you’ll be entered to win a copy of Not Just Spirited and you can enter at all the stops on her tour to increase your chances! The other blog tour stops can be found here: Chynna’s Blog Tour

To read Chynna’s post about parenting and a list of other blogs participating in Chynna’s
Blanket Tour visit The Muffin.

3 comments to Thank Heaven for Little Children

  • I completely admire you for homeschooling. I don’t have the patience for that for sure, and I think it’s just awesome you do that. And your kiddos will definitely appreciate it later in life for sure, especially your special child who tests your patience the most.

    You’re an inspiration, Julie!

  • What a wonderful post! I almost chose homeschooling for my 2 ‘sensational’ kiddos (and still consider it, actually!). You are doing tremendous things. =)

    Thank you for participating!



  • Kate

    My eldest and youngest are “wild children” – both with sensory issues. The two in the middle remind me that it isn’t just me having a challenge, but they have challenges due to their own sensitivities.

    My hat is off to you for homeschooling. I can’t. I need the break to refresh for the hours they are home.

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