Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming State Parenting Center

I am one of the few people who began working for PHP before I became a parent.  This year, that changed, and a beautiful little boy joined our family in April.

Unfortunately, this little guy has suffered from all kinds of health problems.  Some just made me worry, some made getting through the day a real challenge.  One of the hardest things he’s struggled with has been a feeding aversion. After so many problems with difficult and painful feeding, the poor guy just wouldn’t eat any more.

In an almost odd twist of fortune, I had learned about sensory problems like this through PHP—I had heard very little of them as a school psychologist. I knew what questions to ask my doctor and I knew how to get help through the developmental preschool—knowledge I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise. With no family here, PHP became my strongest support network.

I’ve always prided myself in being logical, cool, level-headed…I never used to cry.  But this year, I’ve learned to let the tears come.  I’ve learned to let others see them.  I’ve learned to lean on others in a way I’ve never allowed myself to do.  In short, I’ve learned that we all need a little help.

That’s what 2010 has taught me.  So all you parents out there, use the supports you’ve got, and don’t be afraid of needing a little help.  Because the people helping you are likely needing help of their own!

Comments on: "What 2010 and PHP Have Taught Me" (4)

  1. I am proud of you for letting yourself accept help and advice! We all want to be independent, which is a good thing, but friends and family can offer so much support. That is my goal for 2011, to offer as much support as possible to the families I serve, my own family and friends. Thanks for encouraging us all!

  2. Tammy Wilson said:

    I have learned more in a year working for PIC than I really ever dreamed I would have learned in a life time. I learned I am stronger when it comes to sticking up for children and their families than I thought I could be. I learned about the whole process of state complaints from beginning to end. I learned that children are not as protected by the schools, or the law as they should be. I discovered there are some wonderful special education teachers out there. And some that should not be around children EVER. I learned so much about IDEA working with Jennifer. It was a learning year and I am looking forward to 2011. And Stephaine I am sorry you had to learn about some physical disabilities personally. Your child will be stronger for having a mother that new where to turn and what questions to ask.

  3. Erin Swilling said:

    2010 was indeed a year of learning. I too look back at he last 12 months and am so thankful for my PHP family. Having the support of a group of friends is crucial in all periods of our life. Through marriages, birth, death, divorce, struggles, joys, successes, it’s important to have a group of people who are there no matter what. My ongoing goal is to take time to embrace the people in my life so they know I value them. My PHP family is a part of that so thank you for your friendship and support and advice.

  4. Jan Jones said:

    2010 has taught me that I can endure. I had several challenges and have decided to BE MORE CAREFUL now that I have reached an age milestone. I need to think before I speak, and think before I move forward taking each step carefully. Life is a constant that changes with each day. Overcoming adversity makes us stronger. May the New Year be full of changes that better each of us.

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