Thanks for visiting Sandwich Parenting!

If you are here, it’s because you have decided that you would like to parent a bit differently than you have been parented. No judging, no blaming, and no shaming (unless the blame is well deserved, of course). This journey can be incredibly tough for those of us who have not yet learned how to be kind to ourselves. So this is what Sandwich Parenting is all about. Focusing on ‘I’ in parenting. Taking a unique, customized, layered approach: LAYER – Love, Aspirations, You, Emotions, and Routines.

Sandwich Parents are often stuck between two generations, the one that raised us and the one we are raising. Sandwich Parents may be caught between two cultures, a home one and a new one. Sandwich Parents are trying to hold together many things!

As Sandwich Parents, we are trying to get from Overwhelmed to Surviving to Thriving. It isn’t easy so we have to find ways to make things easier on ourselves.

No one wants to be the parent who falls behind or causes our children to fall behind. We give ourselves so much stress! All the media and self help books do not help either!

Different people have different backgrounds, experiences, and aspirations. So it’s so important for us to remember not to just follow the most recent trend.

We want the best for our kids just as our parents wanted what was best for us, but Sandwich Parents may need to raise our children very differently than how we were raised. No judgment, just a deliberate decision to choose something that works for our reality and the personalities in our families.

I have been working very hard to try to recover from anxiety and depression stemming from CPTSD. Over the past few years, I have been blogging and working with health professionals to get my life back to ‘normal’. I have gone from being a ‘yelly’ Mommy to a more communicative one. There are so many amazing resources, experts, and generous people out there sharing their work, knowledge and wisdom. So this website started as a way to compile what I’ve collected for my own reference. Hopefully it can help others too.

Curating what I found helpful, I’ve put together the LAYERs I think we need to build our own Sandwich Parenting approach: Love, Aspirations, You, Emotions, and Routines.

How to get started? Just start somewhere… start anywhere… to build your sandwich, making yours unique! There is no right answer, just your own answer. Let’s support each other through this journey.