Welcome to the new year parents, grandparents and all lovers of children.
Brené Brown says,
Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
Let me give it a try.
This is a long story – I might have to share it in parts. Please only continue if you can bear some darkness on the way to serenity.
I have started promoting my new endeavor, “Peace At Home Parenting,” and I see that promotion itself is quite challenging for me. I think it will get easier if I tell you what brought me to parenting education in the first place.
I was raised by a mother whose mother lost most of her family in the holocaust. When I was two years old, my mother went back to work and hired a black woman from the south whose ancestors were enslaved. My mother, my grandmother, and my care giver, Mildred, were all good, loving, hard-working women. And they were all traumatized by the aggression visited upon them and their ancestors. Trauma comes down through both genes and behaviors. It is passed on insidiously, even in families like mine that we might call “looking good.”