Why As Normal As Normal Can Be?

As I meet more and more families, I realize that there really is no normal. All families have their own distinct history, circumstances and challenges no matter how “normal” they appear to the outside world. Yet we share connections with others merely based on the fact that we are families. Parenting creates connections. The similarities are countless as we all struggle with many of the same things in trying to raise our children.

Some of these connections, however, are based on the particulars of our family. It is often the connections based on these particulars that become the strongest since these are the people who have experiences most similar to our own. There are many things that set my family apart:

I was adopted as an infant in a closed adoption and therefore have an adoptive family and a birth family (of whom I have met some)

I struggle with mild depression that is mostly controlled with medication, but does flair up occasionally with stressful times or medication changes

I am a Single Mom By Choice (SMC) of 2 kids, a boy and a girl, so we have an anonymous donor, not a dad

My son is on the Autism Spectrum with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome

Yet, we are normal and experience many of the same things as other families too.

Through this blog I hope to share parenting experiences with many families and gain wisdom through your comments about how to deal with situations that come up along the way.

Perhaps too I will enlighten people about what it is like for one Adoptee, one Single Mom By Choice, one mom of a son with Asperger’s, or one mom with depression.

I am also a librarian and love to read, both fiction and nonfiction, so a book review or two may make an appearance.


5 Responses to About

  1. bridgette shelton says:

    A very good way to start off. I know so many would love to know more about how you handle situations. Where you find out all your ideas from and the research you have done. Your a great mom and a great friend.

  2. I am your newest fan. Nicely put and congratulations on your accomplishments.

    I too am a single mom by choice, except my donor wasn’t anonymous. I asked someone to do me a “favor”, he agreed and we did it the old-fashioned way.

    You are certainly right. There is “normal” family. Every family has a uniqueness that makes them special and sets them apart from the rest. You seem to have so much to offer. I know there is a lot to learn from your blog and I look forward to reading more. I’d also like to share your post on my blog. http://expressedinmomandsingle.com/

    Single-mommingly yours, M. 🙂

  3. I meant to say, “t…here is no “normal” family.”

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