Wild Peace is the culmination of my own parenting experience. I have three sons who are now in their late teens and early 20’s and doing well, thankfully. Growing up, one of them struggled a LOT. He never really fit a diagnostic label. It was complicated… but that was good. It meant I learned everything I could about all kinds of conditions that fall under the broad umbrella of mental health and brains that work differently.
In the process of trying to understand and support him, I collected mountains of books with dog eared pages - about raising kids who are wired in their own way, challenged with learning differences, traumatized somehow, labeled with diagnoses like ADHD and anxiety, or described with adjectives like explosive, out of sync, quirky, sensory sensitive, depressed…
What I realized is that we parents have so much in common, regardless of the challenges our kids face. We all have to learn to cope with the stress and the worry, figure out how to find the right support and advocate for our kids, address the needs of siblings and partners, stave-off stigma, and crucially, nurture ourselves along the way.
I created Wild Peace so parents like us could come together for a lift. There’s nothing more comforting than finding other parents who understand. And there’s nothing more important than finding the strength and calm you need to be the parent you want to be.
Self-Care (yeah, right!) We do everything we can to support our kids, but we tend to neglect ourselves in the process. Trying harder can deplete even the most dedicated parents. I learned the hard way that you can’t pour from an empty cup. After hitting a wall with chronic fatigue, I embarked on a quest to find practical ways to manage the stress, adjust my outlook, and restore my wellbeing.
After more than ten years of research, in-the-trenches experimentation and practice, I’ve put together a collection of “micro” self-care tools you can incorporate into your daily life to stay centered and build resilience. Taking tiny steps each day to replenish yourself and shift your approach is possible. Allow yourself to SHINE as you are, because that’s exactly what your kids need.
Wishing you and your families abundant wild peace,