Mothers and their daughters -- a bond is made through the generations.
My daughter made a little family tree to go next to the picture. The picture and tree sit on top of a highboy chest that belonged to the oldest woman -- top corner of chest is in the "tree" picture. When Jessie (the one in the middle) married in 1912, her parents bought back the highboy from whoever had it and gave it to her. If you click on the picture itself, you can see it was the style to wear a portrait of one's husband at the neck (top two mothers).
We mothers go to bat for our children. The day my mother found out I was born deaf, she immediately planned to teach me and to go back to school to specialize in deaf ed. I've gone to bat for my kids in their school -- example: when my daughter's 4th grade teacher made them write each spelling word 10 times and copy the glossary from the back, I formally objected because she already knew how to spell all the words in the book.
Another mother that went to bat for her daughter is Chynna Laird.
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Today's post about mothers is part of the WOW-Women on Writing Blanket Tour for Not Just Spirited: A Mom's Sensational Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder by Chynna Laird. The book is a memoir of a mother fighting for a diagnosis when countless doctors told her that her daughter was just "spirited".
Chynna shares the reality of mothering a child with a severe "No touch" rule. She calls it "Mothering without touch." Although Not Just Spirited is the perfect match for parents of children with SPD, the determination and victories shown in the book will encourage anyone parenting a child with special needs or working to overcome an obstacle in their own life.
Chynna has also written a children's book, I'm Not Weird, and resource book about SPD, At-Home Strategies for Managing Sensory Processing Disorder: A Guide for Parents.
To read Chynna's post about parenting and a list of other blogs participating in Chynna's Blanket Tour visit The Muffin.