Experiments in Parenting: What If?

Great parenting advice – when you read it, you’ll feel like you’re right in the room with the author.

Visible Child

what_ifI want you to do me a favor.

I want you to go on a little trip with me–a “what if” trip.  A trip to an imaginary place, where everything you know and value and feel is suspended for a few minutes.  In this place, when you come in, there will be shelves.  You will be asked to put all that you think and feel about your children, all of your frustrations, all your guilt or questioning or dogma or certainty or wisdom, and all that you think and know about yourself and your role as a parent into a special little cubby for safekeeping.  I promise you it will all still be there when we get back.  Guaranteed.   It won’t be a long trip. You’ll be back at home, safely ensconced in your life, values, and beliefs, before you know it.  There is no danger, and no commitment…

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About armsakimbobook

I'm a mother, a lawyer, a feminist, a writer, a potter, and an inveterate and unapologetic New Yorker. My book, Arms Akimbo: A Journey of Healing, tells of my journey of healing over a number of years, learning to live a full life after I was molested by my father at a very young age. I live in Maynard, MA, with my wife and and our two moose-cats, Samson and Hercules. My daughter used to live with me part-time, but she's all grown up now and in her junior year of college, which I can't quite fathom, since she was born about five minutes ago...
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