Parent Hacks admin: Holiday peace
We've come to the end of another year together, and, as usual, I'm feeling rather reflective. 2007 has been a butt-kicker for my family in many ways, so to give a cheerful holiday letter-style wrapup just won't cut it. What I will say is that I've learned more about parenting, acceptance, and strength this year than I have in all the years previous, even Year 1 with a newborn.
But extreme challenge has a way of making space for extreme gratitude. I've learned things about my family and myself that I never would have without this last year. I've discovered dear friends and amazing teachers and incredible doctors.
And then there's you. You inspire me to look at my own parenting with clear eyes (when I can), and you remind me how much we all need each other as we find our way with our children. Thank you, thank you for sharing all you do here.
I'll be making my contribution to family harmony (mine and yours!) by taking a hack-posting break between Christmas and New Year's. We all deserve a little vacation from our computers -- and the gift of living in the present, physical moment.
May yours be full of joy, or rest, or music, or silence, whatever it is you need. I'll see you again in the new year!