What Have Your Children Taught You?

Just before Christmas my family and I were getting ready to head out to one of our family Christmases and before leaving we were taking a family photo since we were all dressed nice and the snow was absolutely beautiful in the backyard.

During our coordination I misplaced my camera remote control. I knew I just had it and could not remember where I put it. I made a comment about how I just had it and had no idea where it was…

“Mom you are just like me…” my sweet boy said with a big smile on his face!

I stopped and looked at him and said yes, buddy you are right and we are both amazing!

It was in that moment it really hit me about how during his years of being labeled as a “kid with ADHD” was always seen as a negative thing – but its 100% not!

Since our son has been diagnosed my husband and I, even our daughter have noticed similarities in all of us, how the way we have been adjusting life to support him, has in turn been also supporting us and helping all of us thrive that much more. How common and real ADHD is and how unique it pushes an individual to be.

A friend shared an article which stated:

“When we’re regarding ourselves it organically then flows out into our relationships with other adults and then that trickles down to our children, and that impacts the tone and vibe [and] the energy in the family,” McCrohan tells NBC News BETTER.

Children want to feel included. I know my two certainly do. Not only do they want to feel included they want to feel understood, recognized and valued. When we embrace who we REALLY are… we thrive and it flows down into every single aspect of our life.

For SO many years I was ashamed of my health, my body let me down when trying to have a family, I felt like I was a prisoner trapped in my body and would feel horrible forever… until I stood up and took control for MY body and MY life. This has had such a positive effect on myself, my children, my family and in every aspect of my life.

This article my friend shared completely hit home for me. In that moment that our son looked at me and said ‘Mommy you are just like me’ I was so proud to tell him, you are right!

There is no benefit from putting yourself down, worrying what others think or say, focusing on the negative things happening in your life or things beyond your control, a medical diagnosis or illness, financial hardship – the more of you focus on the “bad” things, the more bad things will come to light.

Ive been amazed at how much our children’s confidence has boosted since ours has, just this past weekend our sweet girl wrote out on their chalk boards EXACTLY what I had been envisioning for them… In our downstairs we have two chalkboards in the hallway. I saw each of their names written on them and amazing words written about each of them below. Saturday morning my heart just about burst when I went down and saw my daughter had done just that.

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For 2018 truly step up for YOU! Step into the person you are and the person you’ve always wanted to be. If you are living with an illness or disability – embrace it – its a part of YOU. Focus on the amazing positive things. Choose to live an honest, happy life and you will be amazed at all the good that flow’s to you! ❤ 

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