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 A Mile in My Shoes

How do you cope?

Last month I featured a blog carnival around the subject A Mile in My Shoes about how parents cope with potentially difficult situations. The posts were really amazing and there were a couple I didn’t get chance to feature so I’ve decided to hold it again this month. I will publish next Monday – giving you a chance to send me a post by then.

Since having the twins the question I’m asked most frequently is “how do you cope?” Parenting is hard. Having one child changes your life unimaginably and I remember that the thought of having two babies at once just seemed impossible. That is before I  did it.
Now when I’m asked that question at the shops I’m always stumped. The simple answer is “I just do” or “with lots of wine and a case full of headache tablets.” I’m not sure if people are even asking it as a real question, it’s more like when they say “you’ve got your hands full” –  it’s sort of an expression of sympathy. But it gets me thinking about how I do cope and wanting to write about that.

I read a lot of blogs and often they are from people in very difficult situations, I guess sometimes a hard time gives you an impetus for writing. Writing is so cathartic.

I often wonder how people cope with the difficulties they are presented with.  Or rather how I would cope in those situations. When I think about the single mums and dads, the people who have lost a parent, the children with an unexpected medical diagnosis or emotional and behavioural problems, I often think I wouldn’t be able to do it, without really thinking about what it is. It’s very hard to put yourself into someone else’s shes and think what it must really be like. Yet that is what blogging does so brilliantly. You get to look into other people homes and into their hearts. It’s the perfect opportunity to share some stories, hopefully in a positive way. People are amazing. It’s incredible what we can cope with and I want to be able to celebrate that.

I’ve had the idea of holding a blog carnival for a long time but never got round to doing it. If you’ve ever had someone wonder how you cope then I’d love you to take part. You can answer the question however you want, you may already have a blog post about it. I have written something already about how I cope with twins and you might have something similar.

If not here are a few questions which might help, you can use them as a question and answer style post if you want.

1. What is it about your life which has made someone ask how do you cope?

2. What is the best thing about the situation?

3. What is the hardest thing?

4. What gets you through the day?

5. What would you change if you could?

6. What piece of advice would you give to someone finding themselves in your situation?

All you have to do is publish your post in the usual way on your own blog in the next couple of weeks. Send me the link, my email is rebecca dot english@hotmail dot com I will put the all together and publish it next Monday. If you don’t have a blog then email me and I can publish it on my blog as a guest post (you can be anonymous if you want).

Remember to grab the badge or to link back to this post so that other people can find it too if they want to.

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