‘Parenting Through the Storm’: How Restorative Narrative made it possible for me to tell my family’s story [IVOH.org]


Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting, including, most recently, “Parenting Through the Storm: Find Help, Hope, and Strength When Your Child Has Psychological Problems” (Guilford Press). She is also the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio. Her website is anndouglas.net and she is @anndouglas on Twitter.


When I made the decision to write a book that told my family’s story, I knew I had to do so in a way that was rooted in love and respect.

Yes, it was a story about struggle, but it was also about so much more than that.

It was also a story of family strength and resilience.

That’s what drew me to Restorative Narrative — a narrative style that emphasizes strength in the midst of struggle. Adopting this perspective allowed me to tell my family’s story and to share the experiences of the other families I interviewed for the book with respect and hopefully without causing harm. And that was the only way I was prepared to write this book: in a way that would not only be beneficial to some future reader desperately seeking answers within the pages, but also to the parents who had entrusted me with often painful and difficult details about their own and their children’s lives.

[For more of this story, written by Ann Douglas, go to http://ivoh.org/parenting-stor...ative-familys-story/]

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