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Parents do an amazing job at the best of times, but when life becomes particularly challenging, the most exceptional parents shine through. Every parent will face difficulties in raising their kids, so reading stories from other parents is a good way to inspire renewed hope and determination. Simply knowing that you are not alone and that other parents have fallen down only to get back up again can really make all the difference. As a parent, if you have found yourself struggling or unable to cope, these 25 bloggers will help inspire you with accounts from their own unique journeys.
Loss of a Spouse
Dealing with the loss of a spouse is devastating on its own, however, when you have kids you have to find a way to carry on. For the sake of her children, a bereaved spouse is forced to battle through her own grief. She becomes the emotional sounding board for their grief, often having little or no time to address her own loss. If you have been bereaved, you will find a large support network of parents who understand what you are going through in these five blogs.
No matter what a couple’s reasons for adopting are, they are providing a child with a stable, loving home. Without adoptive parents, many children would live out their early lives in government care or temporary foster homes. These parents fill a void for children who would otherwise never know the love of a family. Sadly, the world is still in need of a dramatic increase in couples willing to adopt. With that said, there are some truly inspirational stories from parents who made the selfless choice to adopt in these five blogs.
- Casey’s Story
- Adoption Questions
- Happy Fifth Birthday to my little daughter who gave the word “family” a much richer meaning
- The day I met her
When it comes to protecting the environment and raising a new generation of children who care about the planet, eco-parents are leading the way. By using innovative conservation, waste reduction and greener parenting methods, these Earth-warriors are inspiring a new way to think about how to instill responsibility in young children. If you’ve been thinking about how to get your family to go green, these five blogs are a good place to make a start.
- Little Beings of Fur, Whimsy and CHOMP CHOMP
- Earth Day 2012 20 ways to “do something”!
- Can children be taught to care? A Green Mama Story.
- Time off in 2013
- Pregnancy, Working Full-Time and Cloth Diapering, You can do it!
Parents of Special Needs Children
Most parents with special needs children are inspirational; you just don’t get to hear about it all that often. Special needs parents tend to shrug off the challenges that they face, instead simply viewing what they do as no different from what other parents would in similar circumstances. However, when the parents of a special needs child do decide to share the challenges that they face, it is often a source of inspiration for parents everywhere. The parents of special needs children in these five blogs may not see themselves as out of the ordinary, but they do have a story to tell that will benefit all parents.
- On Being Blogger, Writer, Mother and Siblings With Special Needs
- When Mom Is the One With Limitations
- Totally awkward parent moments
- Divorce in a Special Needs Family
- Climb Every Mountain: Special Needs Parent Inspiration Of The Week
Single Parent Stories
Throughout society single parents are probably the most stigmatized – and unjustly so. Unless you have had to care for children on your own, you cannot imagine how difficult it is. Yes, single parents can have days where they struggle to make ends meet, but that does not mean that they do not have lessons to share. Some of the greatest parents have had to do it all on their own, while the rest of society has scoffed and judged. These five blogs tell the tales of single parents who will inspire you, and give you a whole new perspective on what you can achieve, even when you are alone.
- This Post Is Brought To You By a Sentimental Fool
- The Exceptional Story of a Single Mother’s Battle Against the Odds
- I’d Rather Clean Up Poop Than Be Without My Children by Scott Deetz
- Top 100 Most Inspiring Single Moms
- Inspirational interview of a single mother with three special needs children