It’s tough to let go. Letting go of expectations, timelines, plans you thought you had, fears, limitations – just throwing your hands up in the air and saying, “let it be.”
When you have children, that can be an especially difficult thing to do. It’s natural to compare your child’s development or behavior against another child, to wonder if this is normal, strange, worrisome, advanced. It doesn’t help that one day they’re reciting the ABC’s and the next day, they’re eating old food they found discarded in the couch cushions, but still: you wonder.
When Natalie Crider was born, everything seemed typical to her first-time parents, Brittaney and Mike. (They would later add a little brother to the mix, Mikie, just 18 months younger than his sister). These two were pretty unflappable as new parents go, given that Brittaney is an elementary school teacher and Mike is a deputy sheriff and school resource officer. They’ve seen their share of kids.