If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you probably already know about this. But it’s so exciting that I just have to share it again.
What you may or may not know is that, once upon a time, I did some freelance writing. Well, actually, I still do on occasion, but given everything else I have going on, I’m a bit selective about when and where I do. Anyway, one of my freelance articles was on Examiner.com, and was about dating as a single parent when you have a special needs child.
Several months ago, I was contacted by Dr. Laura Marshak, Ph.D. She had come across my article, and wanted to quote it for a book she was writing. I was thrilled to give her permission – and then I promptly forgot all about it. She contacted me about a week ago to tell me the book was done and offer me a free copy. I happily accepted, and two days later, the book was in my mailbox.
Dr. Marshak is a full professor in the Department of Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a licensed psychologist with a private practice. She has more than 25 years of experience working with people with all varieties of life problems and issues, including personal, family and disability issues. She’s also co-authored six other books relating to disabilities for parents and professionals, and she does public speaking both in the U.S. and internationally. Given this, you can see why I was so thrilled and flattered when she wanted to quote me.
The book is called Going Solo While Raising Children with Disabilities. It is, as it’s title indicates, a book about being a single parent and raising a child with a disability – special needs children. It covers a wide variety of disabilities, physical, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric, and is for parents who are single for whatever reason – divorce, widowed, separated, single by choice, and even works for military parents who deal with deployed spouses often, thus leaving them to feel like a single parent, even if they may not technically be one.
I haven’t yet had a chance to read the book. Thus far, I’ve only found the page where I’m quoted. However, based just on the back cover blurb, I’m very excited to read the other 357 pages. Marshak has chapters on living daily life, divorced parents, conceiving on your own, dating as a single parent, adoption and bereavement, among others. Based on my interactions with her, my research of her (you didn’t think I’d given her permission to quote me without checking her out first, did you?), and what I’ve read in the introduction to this book, I feel safe in saying that Dr. Marshak is someone well worth listening to, if you’re looking for advice as a single parent. Note that I didn’t say “single parent with a disabled child.”
Based on what I’ve read so far, I feel that even if you have a “normal” child, if you’re a single parent, you can find some benefit from this book. Once I’ve actually had a chance to read it, I’ll let you know for sure.
But don’t wait for my review. If you want to pick up a copy on Amazon, go ahead!