My name is Emma Danielle, but everyone knows me by my middle name. I am the wife of an amazing husband. We have three crazy, wild, rambunctious children (James-8, Vivian-6, and Cara-3) who I love more than life itself. We currently live in a small island community on the East Coast, and I’m not not gonna lie…I think I found paradise. I currently teach in a nearby elementary school and I’m prepping to go back to grad school.
In 2015, I was diagnosed with PTSD. I had gone through a trauma the year prior, and life has forever changed from that point onward. I’ve come a long way in learning to manage the symptoms, but some days are still really hard. When I was first diagnosed, I was terrified of the impact it would have on my family. How could I be a good mom and still have PTSD? How could I be a good wife? I scoured the Internet looking for resources to try and help me navigate. What I soon realized was that when it comes to the topic of parenting with PTSD, there wasn’t a lot out there. Being a parent is a difficult job even in the best of experiences. It’s demanding, exhausting, stressful, chaotic, and emotionally laden. Add PTSD to the mix, and it becomes even more so. But I’m learning that it can be done and it can be done well.
So, the purpose of this blog is two-fold. For selfish reasons, I want a place to document my children as they grow, and to chronicle my journey back to health and happiness.
But for less selfish reasons, I hope others can read what I’ve written and freel as though the can connect. I’m not pretending to have the answers to everything on parenting with PTSD. Heck, I honestly don’t know what I’m doing–I’m winging it!!! But I can share what I am learning. So here is to hoping that this is a place where others can be inspired, find resources, and tools, gain insight, and enjoy watching another family grow.