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BACK TO SCHOOL

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My son is entering Kindergarten tomorrow. Increase I am forty four years old.  I am a late bloomer and, yes, I am blooming right along side my little guy!  It's hard to think about the experience he is going to have at school without reflecting back on my own experience growing up.

Recovery has given me so many tools.  Despite the fact that both he and I are nervous about his first day because we don't know what to expect, I can be present for my son in a way I could not be present for myself as a young girl. I remember laying awake at night before the first night of school and having a hard time falling asleep.  I had knots in my stomach from the anticipation of who would be in my class, if I would like my teacher, and whether my outfit was cute enough.

As smart and capable as I was, I think I always felt a bit more self-conscious than most.  I was ultra sensitive.  I never felt I was good enough.  I was a chameleon who could fit into any crowd.  I notice a lot of similarities between my son and I and I am so thankful I have my spiritual set of tools to help him in his journey. 

Without projecting, I am prepared to acknowledge and understand his feelings and meet him where he is.  I am prepared to pray for his good and trust that all will be well.  I am prepared to weather any storm, without drinking or drugging, and be a power of example to him day by day. I am prepared to be his cheerleader, shoulder to cry on, inspiration and Truth.

I may not be the most involved or knowledgable mom about school etiquette, but I am certain there is not a parent out there who is more equipped than me to teach my son the joy in learning, the gift in giving and the abundance of miracles in every experience.  AA has taught me how to suit up and show up and expect good things to happen as long as I stay sober.  Back to school is something I experience everytime I wake up to life and I hope my son always enjoys learning as much as I do.

Best!

Increase

P.S. Why don't you write a blog and share your experience as a parent in recovery.  What tools has recovery given you?

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Cate Stevens. Founder of Addictionland.com, has over fifteen years of recovery from food, drug, alcohol, cigarette and unhealthy relationship addiction. Cate’s approach to recovery is based on the 12 steps, as well the practice of spiritual principles, exercise, good nutrition, and meditation. Cate’s personal, ongoing recovery process has benefited tremendously from the free sponsorship of other women.

Cate has successfully coached hundreds of women to develop specific, daily action plans to support their personal and professional goals. Cate majored in journalism and communications and is the author of "Addictionland: Key Lessons from My Rollercoaster Ride to Freedom from Food, Drug, Alcohol, Cigarette and Unhealthy Relationship Addiction", a series of powerful vignettes.

As a motivational speaker, educator and coach, Cate is highly effective and inspirational. Cate leverages her experience from premier sales, management and leadership training programs to teach her clients how to be sober, productive and fulfilled.


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