Parenting after the death of a child

Mike Spohr, Blogger & Dad, shares advice for parents who have lost a child on how to best continue parenting your other children after the loss of a child
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Parenting after the death of a child

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The death of a child definitely affects the way you parent. One of the positive things that come out of it, if there’s anything positive, which is that it allows you to really understand what’s a big and what’s not a big deal and it gives you so much more patience – when you're kid is crying late at night. When you had a child passed away from an illness, this is not a big deal to you. You have so much more patience. You walk around with a kid longer. You value that child because you know the value of how to be taken away from you so you do really give a great deal of patience and attachments to the child. Not that other parents don’t but maybe you give a little bit more than you might if you haven’t gone through this experience. One of the top things you have to deal with is that children want to have your attention every day all day longer, “Hey, Dad! Come here. Dad, oh like this. Play with this.” And there are times where you’ve had experience a really great loss when you just don’t feel like playing with your kids or taking part in the world for a few hours maybe. You're grieving and you're unhappy at that moment. And as a parent, you got to be up 24/7 365 days a year and you’ve got to find a way to push through those tough times that come up when you’ve gone through a loss like this and that's tough but some of the good things is when you do push through and find yourself out there playing with your kid. Play makes you get out of that dark spell a little quicker than you would have otherwise. In the end, it’s a good thing too.

Mike Spohr, Blogger & Dad, shares advice for parents who have lost a child on how to best continue parenting your other children after the loss of a child

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Mike Spohr

Blogger & Dad

Author of the parenting blog "The Newborn Identity", Mike Spohr lives in Southern California with his wife, Heather, ice cream-obsessed two-year-old daughter, Annabel, and froufrou dog, Rigby. He is also the Executive Director of Friends of Maddie, a charity started in honor of his late daughter Madeline, which helps the families of NICU babies.

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