Compiling and editing the book Easy to Love but Hard to Raise has been a fascinating and rewarding process. (Unfortunately, the process is still in process. In other words, I need to quit blogging and get the thing done!) Nearly 30 parents contributed essays to the book; stories about what it’s really like to parent a challenging child. And while each parent’s journey is unique, it’s the similarities in their (our) experiences that most surprised me.
When the essays are read collectively certain patterns emerge; of feelings, experiences, and stages that a parent can expect to go through in the course of parenting a challenging child. Together, these common experiences reveal an archetype of Everyparent of a an Easy to Love, but... child. While the parent essays are the heart of the book, this Everyparent construct is its biggest gift. I believe it will offer parents much-needed opportunities for self-awareness, acceptance, and healing.
If you’re interested in learning more, you’ll have your chance when the book is released! But this post from my additudemag.com ADHD parenting blog offers a fortune cookie-sized taste of what the Easy to Love, but… Everyparent will teach us. Click here to whet your appetite!