The Science of Pressure in Parenting

The following was published as part of my “Teachable Moments” blog series for ProMedica HealthConnect. 

My husband and I each have a background in education. I taught middle school and high school for years, and he is a college administrator with a doctorate in education. A perpetual student, I am always looking for new ways to do things and new knowledge to explore. When our three-year-old son, Richie, was born with a genetic condition that affects his muscles and results in a host of orthopedic, respiratory, mobility and communication difficulties, I felt at first as if I was buckling under the weight of a huge responsibility. There was so much to learn, and so much I didn’t know, about providing care for a child with a feeding tube, a tracheostomy, and muscle weakness that affected everything he did.

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Charisse Montgomery is the author of the Super Safe Kids series of books and safety tools. These tools engage children, parents, and their families in improving safety and advocacy in the hospital, the community and the home. A former educator, Charisse Montgomery has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English, along with a master's degree in Educational Psychology, with research focused on informing and empowering parents of medically fragile children. She completed a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy and serves on the Board at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

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