I'm a Believer

Rosie shares her views on ghosts.

People always ask me what the craziest request I have ever had is. To be honest, they are so very different it is often hard to say, and my mind is constantly changing. However watching this last episode reminds me of one of my craziest client experiences ever! I have helped a lot of people do a lot of things, but getting rid of ghosts was not one of them. Apparently it isn't P.C. to call them ghosts anymore (guess they must have written an angry letter to the ghost-busting committee), so we are now calling them spirits or spiritual entities instead. I apologize for my faux-pas!

When I arrived at Joanne and Damon's house and they told me they thought their nursery was haunted, I almost lost it! Now, do I believe in ghosts? Complex question. It is not so much that I don't believe in them, I am just not so sure that if they exist they take on the physical form that our ghost busters were intimating. I mean, do I think they are going to communicate with us through a dictaphone? No. Do I think after people die there could be some kind of energy or presence left behind? Yes. But quite frankly it didn't matter what my personal beliefs are, what mattered is that Joanne and Damon believed there was a ghost in that nursery. And while they believed that, they were refusing to get the nursery prepared for their baby and bring the baby home.

Sometimes in my line of work you have to address fears for the good of the baby even when they are irrational, and this was one of those times. I have to admit sitting there in the dark trying to communicate with a ghost (sorry, I meant spiritual entity) was kind of, well, actually pretty freaky and not something I'd like to do again. And given that I was extremely pregnant, I wanted to get out of there and fast! It also got me wondering whether during pregnancy we are more or less sensitive to these types of things and our environment, but in fact I think it is just part of being a mom in general. We are immediately hard wired to sense danger and be on guard, ready to save the day at any possible moment.

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The Privilege of Parenting

Rosie wanted to deal with her own issues so she could be the best parent possible.

People often ask me why I do what I do. I think it is so important for people to understand the passion I have for helping people be the best parents they can be and to get educated about the process. Parenting is truly a privilege. This episode I decided to open up a little about my past to help you understand a little more about where this passion comes from. You were all so supportive when I was honest about my struggles with fertility, so I wanted to be honest with you about my relationship with my own mom as well. The thing is, as parents we help to shape our children. Of course, there are many other things that go into who they become, but parents have a lot to do with it. This honor should be taken so seriously, and I think it’s at the core of what I do.

Honestly at the beginning of the season I had no idea things would take such a personal direction. But finding out I was having a girl and coming to terms with my speech issues brought to the forefront so many issues from my past that I think I had chosen to lock away. I'm good at locking things away in tiny boxes in my head! It’s a survival technique...probably not a good one, but hey, I am a work in progress! Pregnancy is really a time to come to terms with the parts of you that you don't like, because as a parent, we have to love who we are. We have to be proud of ourselves so we can be role models to our children. If there is any self-hate in there, it will get brought out the moment you look into your child's eyes, because you'll want to hide those sides of you and doing that in my opinion always leads to disaster. Children know when you are not being honest with them about whom and what you are.

So I decided to take a long, hard look at who I am, why I do what I do, and to try and get to a better place with what I think about myself so I can be the best role model possible for my children. I hope in some way that understanding better who I am will help all of you in your own lives get to a place of love for yourself. Whether you are becoming a parent, already are a parent, or not one yet a parent, you deserve it! Life is just too short to live so full of pain. If I can do it, so can you.

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