Women’s History Month is a month-long celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. As The Recycled Mom, my focus this year for the month of March is to promote and celebrate moms through my I AM project.
The I Am project will feature moms whose stories have inspired and blessed other women. My hope is that when moms see another mom’s powerful “I AM” statement it will be an encouragement to them.
Meet Kristi Richardson – a special needs Mom Warrior Coach for other struggling parents. I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Kristi for several years in the wedding industry and we were known as the “Dynamic Duo.” She has been a huge encouragement to me over the years – always pushing me to look outside of myself and to think BIG. She is now sharing that same encouragement to moms with children who have special needs.
Kristi is now a 1st time author, releasing her first book, Making Sense of Munchkin. Her spunky spirit and raw candor encompass the adventure of parenting a special needs child. She shows you how to create calm in your home, how to have an in-depth understanding of your child, and become an empowered parent. In her book, Kristi brings up a powerful point about how moms need help and encourages us to ask for it. She says,
Admitting you need help does not make you weak. In fact, I believe it takes more strength and courage to admit that you need help. I believe asking for help makes you strong because you understand you are human and you understand when you can’t do it all by yourself.
This is true for all moms. We all need help – some more than others – but we all need it nonetheless. Why aren’t we asking? Why aren’t we sharing more? When we share we a story or a struggle we are learning about someone’s life and we connect on a deeper level. Sharing helps us see. Many moms feel alone and isolated. Many moms are alone due to where they live or their husbands are gone for long periods of time. This is why it’s so important to have connections or a support network of some kind.
This is the very reason I started The Recycled Mom – to give overwhelmed moms a place to connect, to share, find support and encouragement. This is also why Kristi began Making Sense of Munchkin and ultimately writing her book. Kristi also has a support group on Facebook, Munchkin Mommas of Special Needs Kids, where moms can connect, share struggles and victories, and hear tips from other moms dealing with similar issues raising their children.
I leave you with a final thought from Kristi,
We need to judge less and love more. We need to support those who choose to take a step towards improving their health. We need to be kind and empathetic to those who struggle with battles you may know nothing about. Be empowered with your impact on those around you; leave positivity, not negativity. Our world needs more positivity!
AMEN to that! To get your copy of Kristi’s book, click here. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook and visit her website to get to know her family and learn more about what Kristi’s up to.