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Being My Child’s Advocate

By Fredrica Syren:

As a mom, I have had to learn to read my kids, figure out what and when things are wrong, and how stand up for them — to be their voice when they don’t have one.  Over the past 5 years, there have been many times when I have sensed something was wrong even though a doctor or teacher could not detect it.

For example, my daughter broke her elbow when she was 18 months old but the emergency room doctor told me it was out of its socket, not broken.  I really believed it was broken and did voice this but not loudly enough.  Looking back at it, I should have been her voice and I should have stood my ground.  Since that experience, I’ve learned that it’s ok to be that “crazy bitch mom” because these are the most precious people in my life and they depend on me.

There was also one night when, after already going to bed, I strongly sensed something was wrong. I ran upstairs, lifted up my child, instantly realizing that he was having a fever cramp, which is a seizure brought on by a high fever.  I had just learned about this: I knew that by the time you bring a child in this condition to the ER, it’s all over.  Instead, we called our pediatrician, who told us what to do.

We have the best pediatrician in the whole world, who says that you can run tests and exams on children, but what he always listens to are the concerns and senses of a mom.  So here I am, my beautiful children’s mom and advocate!

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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