★★★★★ Camilla Downs has really written an exceptional book. She opens up about her own life so that she might truly help others find some insight into their own. I have had the privilege of belonging to a support group with her for children with chromosome 18 disorders and have found her posts there to be wonderfully supportive and hopeful and when I found out she wrote a book, I couldn’t wait to read it.
It was everything I thought it would be. As a mother to a four year old with special needs, it’ made me really think about my own life and relationship with my daughter. The one thing I have to say I took away from this book was the prevailing message throughout the book about “living in the moment’. Not letting outside distractions take away from what you’re doing or experiencing with your child or anyone else for that matter. It really hit home for me. How many times was I reading a book to my daughter and thinking about all kinds of other things or perhaps the tv was on in the background. I was reading the words but I wasn’t in the moment. I have become very conscious of that because of this book. I have had a tough time as of late with a lot of worries. I have a lot on my plate, but I now find myself sitting with my daughter and putting it all aside to really engage with her and with what we’re doing in that moment and it has made a huge impact. Learning to put aside all these distractions has made me more aware of her and even more in awe of what’s she’s learning and doing every day that I was before.
Thank you Camilla Downs for helping me to open my eyes. You have made an impact on my life and I’m sure the lives of many others. I am in the process of getting my degree in child development and I have now decided to focus on working with special needs families. You have inspired me to look into being certified as a special needs life coach. That is my ultimate goal. I would love to talk to you more about that sometime when I get closer to actually pursuing my certification. Thanks for all you do. You are an amazing woman, mother and spokesperson for so many. I wish you a long and prosperous career doing what you love. –Katelyn’s Mom – June 1, 2013
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