1. bear all or part of the weight of; hold up
2. give assistance to
Everybody goes through difficult times, right? Of course they do. I haven't experienced tons of difficulty in my life but I will venture to say that the most difficult times in my life have been when I felt totally alone. Those times when I felt that not one single person on the planet would understand how I felt or what I was experiencing; those times are rough. And if you are the parent of an extremely fussy eater then I want you to know that I get it. Boy, do I get it! You are not alone. I have been there too and I totally understand how raw you're probably feeling right now. Unfortunately, I have no magic cure. No magic wand to wave away your troubles. But I can offer empathy and encouragement; I can, in my own small way, bear a portion of the weight of this burden while you work at figuring out exactly what's going on for your child. I want to use what I have learned to direct you to the people who can offer you real and practical help.
Why would I offer this support to people I don't know and have never met? What's in it for me? The truth is that I love to help. It's just the way that I'm wired. Also, I had a pretty wretched time when my son was little. I thought I was the only one. I thought that if I told the truth about how bad things were that people wouldn't believe me or that they would shun me and chuck me onto the discard pile with all the other 'bad' mums. That's not the truth by the way, but it was a horrible place to be. I don't want anyone to feel that way. Also, selfishly, there is a personal advantage to be gained by my helpfulness. That is - we are stronger together, You see, my story isn't enough. One story isn't enough to change outcomes for my son and the children who follow after him. For that, we need all the stories.
The older I get the more I become aware of the importance of authenticity, of being seen and heard for who we actually are and not who we wish we were. I'm also really aware of how vulnerable we can feel when we allow our true selves to be seen and heard. So I offer a safe place for you to share your fussy eating story. If you think that your story doesn't matter, or that it won't help you to share it, then please watch this video from the amazing and insightful Brené Brown and know that your story matters. More than you might think.
So I invite you to share your story with me, as much or as little as you feel comfortable with and if you feel okay about it one day I might ask if I can share it with others. Until then, it will just be between you and me. And hopefully I have something really insightful and profound to impart to you.
Email me here and let's get started.