A Parent Is Born
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A Parent Is Born

Parenting with Chronic Pain

How does a parent’s chronic pain affect their children?

Photo by Mark Timberlake on Unsplash

As I sat down to dinner with my five-year-old daughter, not long ago, she hit me with a terrific question.

She asked, “Dad, why are you blinking so hard?”

“I’m still hurting,” I said.




Because the moment a child is born, a parent is born, too.

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Brig Berthold

Brig Berthold

I am a father, widower, and veteran. Co-host of the Baseball Together podcast and author of Sidekick: A Pregnancy Field Guide for Dudes.

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