Apr. 3, 2016

The guilt and fear is REAL

**PARENTS WITH KIDS/SCD**

CHILDREN ARE VERY INTUITIVE AND THEY LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY...PERIOD.

1 STOP FEELING GUILTY ABOUT YOUR CHILD HAVING SCD
2 STOP FEELING GUILTY ABOUT YOUR CHILD BEING HOSPITALIZED
3 STOP FEELING GUILTY ABOUT YOUR CHILD NOT BEING ABLE TO PLAY LIKE OTHER KIDS
4 STOP FEELING GUILTY ABOUT YOUR CHILD NOT BEING ABLE TO BE SCHOOLED THE "NORMAL" WAY
5 STOP FEELING GUILTY WHEN YOU GET SICK
6 STOP FEELING GUILTY WHEN YOU HAVE TO BE HOSPITALIZED
7 STOP FEELING GUILTY WHEN YOU CAN'T BE AS INVOLVED AS OTHER PARENTS IN SCHOOL FUNCTIONS
8 STOP FEELING GUILTY PERIOD AND THEN TRY TO OVERCOMPENSATE/BUY/SPOIL THE KIDS B/C OF SAID GUILT.

**WHY..YOU MAY ASK**

ONCE YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN BORN, WE ALL KNOW THAT JUST BEING THE BEST PARENT YOU CAN BE IS #1. THAT IS YOUR JOB...DOING THE BEST POSSIBLE JOB THAT YOU CAN DO. BEING GUILTY ABOUT THINGS THAT YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WILL ONLY SURROUND YOU AND THE FAMILY WITH THOSE NEGATIVE/SAD FEELINGS. YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN ARE ((GOD-MADE)) SICKLED CELLS AND ALL, SO THIS IS "YOUR FAMILY NORM". TO KEEP THAT FEELING OF GUILT AWAY..WE NEED TO EDUCATE OUR KIDS FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF "A SCD FAMILY". WHEN YOU INSTILL EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED TO LIVE W/SCD FROM CHILDHOOD ON UP...IT MAY BE LESS SHAME AND MORE...THIS IS WHAT I GOTTA DO B/C MY BODY IS NOT LIKE YOUR BODY.

*GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES* *STOP FEELING GUILT/SHAME*
*KIDS SEE/FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL*

LASHAWN HUTCHINSON