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Minna – How has the injury affected your parenting?

Minna – How has the injury affected your parenting?

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It’s funny. After a spinal cord injury, and having to juggle more things than I did before my injury, I had to put things into categories – is it a need or is it a want? You know, certain things are a need, like letting my children know that ... Show More

It’s funny. After a spinal cord injury, and having to juggle more things than I did before my injury, I had to put things into categories – is it a need or is it a want? You know, certain things are a need, like letting my children know that I love them. The fact that they have to wear clean clothes is a need, not a want. Having clothes match is a want, not so much a need. So, the things, it kind of mainstreamed things that were important to me. And so, I would say, “Hey, are they clean?” “Yeah, mom.” “Okay, see you, have a good time.” You know, it was one of those things. So I have to kind of trim some of the, I don’t want to say frivolous things, but I had to like shave some of the icing off, because I wanted to make sure that they had the core of what they needed.

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Minna – How has the injury affected your parenting?

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Injured in 1999 at age 35, paraplegic
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It’s funny. After a spinal cord injury, and having to juggle more things than I did before my injury, I had to put things into categories – is it a need or is it a want? You know, certain things are a need, like letting my children know that I love them. The fact that they have to wear clean clothes is a need, not a want. Having clothes match is a want, not so much a need. So, the things, it kind of mainstreamed things that were important to me. And so, I would say, “Hey, are they clean?” “Yeah, mom.” “Okay, see you, have a good time.” You know, it was one of those things. So I have to kind of trim some of the, I don’t want to say frivolous things, but I had to like shave some of the icing off, because I wanted to make sure that they had the core of what they needed.

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