Parenting, Psychology Today, challenging children
It all started when...
...I gave birth to a child who would live her life off the grid from a fairly young age. Providence decided she would be my only crack at motherhood, but perhaps that was as it should be, since she was and always has been a complex soul. Now an amazingly successful woman who unwittingly became a role model to millions of young girls, my baby girl went on to inspire me to want to write about square-peg-round-hole children for parents who, like me, often felt isolated and confused. When I was invited to be a blogger for Psychology Today, I jumped at the chance to share my experiences and research with others from a mother's (not a psychologist's or an educator's) perspective. I thank editor Kaja Perina for taking a chance on me and providing this unique, wonderful forum to speak to the parents of other "unedited offspring" everywhere.