weekly love, august 1

On holidays, spending an excessive amount of time floating on a floatie.

I am on holidays, spending an excessive amount of time floating on a floatie in a pink bikini.

Self-Care – Moms
I feel so passionately about all moms taking care of themselves.  For moms with kids with disabilities, this is extremely important for the good of your whole family.  How I’d love to start up a subsidized retreat for moms who have kids with differences – to connect them together for peer support, and to teach leadership and self-care skills.

Catherine St. Louis wrote a super piece for the New York Times called, When the caregivers need healing.  I think the key to our peace comes in this quote from the article:  “The idea is to stop wasting energy resisting the way life is.”

Ellen Seidman at Love that Max had a similar theme with her post called Taking Care of Yourself as a Mom.  I’ve realized that there is no glory in martyrdom.

“My greatest role would be to encourage his individuality and confidence that he has a place in this world.”  A thoughtful audio piece from BBC from Lou Stein about how having a son with Down syndrome changed his idea of fatherhood.  (Thanks to Louise Kinross at Holland Bloorview for the link).

Body Acceptance
To my female friends – let’s stop hating our bodies.  I’ve spent the past month in a hot pink bikini.  Perhaps some might think I should be in a more modest one-piece black tank with a skirt with my my 46 year old, post three kids, jiggly stretch-marked body.   Too bad.  So I say hurrah for this piece called Cleaning the Mirror from Rachel Haas.

Inclusive Education
So many of us can sadly relate to the horrible, terrible school year.  For us, it was Aaron’s grade three year.  This is a reminder from the Equality for Gage blog to be grateful when things are going well (or even ok) because it could be much much worse.

One thought on “weekly love, august 1

  1. codetechnology says:

    I can relate to Lou Stein in one specific way and that is his realization of his role for his son hit home when his boy first spoke a recognizable word. More than mothers, dads need interaction and ‘playability’ — and when kids (of any sort) start to interact, a dad can start to parent.

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