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
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.