Figuring It Out
January 5, 2016
An Apology To My Son
January 13, 2016



When I began this blog back in 2006 (yikes!) I wasn’t sure how much I was comfortable sharing about myself and even more importantly about my family.  I blogged to feel better about my life, not to become famous – lol.

So I didn’t tell anything that would pinpoint where I live and I just used a first initial for the family. I also tried to be careful to not write embarrassing things – instead focusing more on my reactions and feelings about events. But it has always felt stunted – that I couldn’t really be myself on my blog because I was expending so much energy trying to reign in any self identifying information or sharing too much about Corbin and Jeremy’s lives.

Recently my oldest turned 17 and my youngest turned 12 and I felt like they were finally at the point where they can begin to read what I write and tell me before I post if they are comfortable with it . I started by one day explaining my blog and what I usually write and then I asked them if they were generally ok with my blogging and Jeremy  gave an uninterested “sure” and Corbin answered “Sure, people need to know”.

Buoyed by his words I began to reach out and take ownership of my writings which has brought more traffic to my blog. Which means I feel both inspired and wary about sharing. I look at very popular blogs such as Rage Against the Minivan and The Bloggess and think – if they can, why not me?

It’s no surprise to anyone that knows me well that I love to write but it took me until just recently to own the fact that I am indeed a writer and my goal is to write a book. There I have typed it thus it must be true. So I am glad you are here and happy to be able to be more open.

Tina Szymczak
Tina Szymczak
Tina Szymczak is a 40-something mom and wife with two spirited boys. She has worked in early intervention and as an advocate resource for families with a loved one with a disability. Now she also writes a blog about raising children with complex needs, trying not to lose your sense of self as you parent, and her struggles with mental health.

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