Imagine being told you aren’t allowed to travel more than 50 miles away from your home, your spouse is gone for training, your families live hundreds of miles away, you have a full-time job, there is constant talk about staying away from people and essentials items you need being sold out, and you are six months pregnant with a 14 month old. That is what it is like to be a pregnant in a military family during a pandemic.
Having a husband that is active duty Army and being a military family is like any other “normal” family but with some unique challenges.
How Having Children with Eczema Inspired Me to Start My Own Business - Written by Amy Pruitt of The EczeMama Club
The EczeMama Club, and the business I hope to eventually grow it into, all started about four years ago when I was shopping for my newborn who was newly diagnosed with eczema. I had known a little bit about eczema from my younger sister having it as a kid. The things I remembered most were our mom always applying lots of moisturizer to her skin, and the fact that all of her clothes and bedding had to be 100% cotton. I also knew that eczema was pretty common – just over one in eight children have it – so with that in mind I headed to the nearest big-box baby store (RIP, Babies ‘R’ Us) to shop for baby eczema stuff. I strode confidently into the store (excited to have another excuse to shop if I’m being honest) and headed toward what I imagined would be a clearly marked “eczema section.” To my amazement, no such section existed. Worse? Not a single piece of clothing, bedding, or other type of textile was designed for or marketed to families of children with eczema!
Can you envision it? The perfect potty training method. I’m here to talk about the dreaded parental task that is training your child on going to the bathroom. I’m also here to tell you upfront that I have no magical method to conquering this ever sought after feat. I AM here to tell you that no matter the method, it doesn’t necessarily work for all kids.
Before I dive in, I want to say something super cliché. Comparison is the thief of joy. There, I said it. It’s true. Do not compare your child to any other child, not even a sibling. Don’t do it in potty training. Don’t do it ever. Children are uniquely different for a purpose and making those comparisons will only become a road block for you and for your child.