and our children. And each individual family finds themselves
somewhere along this “out of sync” continuum.
Living life with a child that demands we march to the beat of
a different drummer is indeed a gift. It is like going to the
school of what really matters. It is a crash course in getting over
pleasing other people. If embraced, this new perspective
quickly leads to a far less judgmental stance toward others. We
are acutely aware that we never truly know what is under the
behavior of that screaming child in the grocery store or that
teenager who is “acting out.” We are wise to surrender to a
much slower pace of life, which then offers the chance to live
in a space of authentic presence and peace. We are entrusted a
complex vision of parenthood and what truly matters. We
receive the grace of often being able to see beyond the surface
into the deep places of life.
With awe, I approach this journey as mommy/mom/mother.
Motherhood has wrecked me, formed me, refined me, shaped
me, and is an ongoing process that heals both mother and