Parenting is hard. Single parenting is extremely difficult. Single parenting with family-based trauma is borderline impossible.
There are so many times I have wanted to stop a parenting moment in mid-stream, so I could research possible approaches on the Internet. I don’t know what I would have done without the countless books, articles and Google searches that have taught me how to be a parent.
I have come a long way in the past seven years. I’m much more patient. I am willing to apologize and admit when I am wrong (sometimes). I don’t spank. I yell significantly less. My children are not exposed to my dangerous biological family. They live a safe life.
So safe that it might be too safe.
Yes, I am one of those helicopter parents.