A True Story from Parenting in SPACE (woven from parents who attended before)

March 4th, 2014

Spock sadIn the two days of the conference, “I felt for the first time that there were people who understood what our family deals with from day to day. My stories were not odd or shocking.” When I think about what made it special, to be honest, I think, “what didn’t make it special?” “[We] laughed till [we] cried and [we] cried till [we] laughed.” “I didn’t want it to end.”

“I realized, [from the conference] how [my children’s] experiences have truly shaped them and that healing takes time.” I was reminded of “how our children process things, how very much they need understanding and empathy,” that I need to “…have more patience for them when they are speaking in behaviors” and to be more “accepting and compassionate towards our kids feelings.”

And though I “still get frustrated with them,” “I [now] have a greater degree of empathy for what they have experienced in their short lives and how damaging this has been for them. I don’t feel hopeless about their future and their ability to heal.” Because of this, “I am calmer, more patient, more willing to explore looking at things from different angles.” In the end, “the sense of community and connectedness that arose out of it was landmark to me… transformational and totally unexpected.”

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