In Which I Publish Writing I Wouldn’t Typically Share


The way I try to parent.

I generally offer up my work with no explanation. We all bring our own stories into what we read, and that shapes our understanding. I want my writing to be for everyone.

My latest piece up On the Verge is absolutely for everyone, but especially parents and especially parents of Autism. “I Don’t Want to Adult This Weekend” is a reflection of exhaustion due to perseverative thinking. If you aren’t sure what that is, read this article on Snagglebox for clarification.

I’ve chosen not to write about parenting quite frequently, not because I don’t want to, but because I write about the hard, dark, hurting parts of life. Parenting is not all hard and dark and painful. But when you are struggling to understand and support your child; when you see your child stuck in his own pain because there is a disconnect, a gap you can’t quite bridge so he can take steps toward happiness; when you know you are a good parent doing your best but your best doesn’t match up with the best your child needs–when all of that is happening in your house on a daily basis life does sometimes feel bleak.

I have a large cache of pieces on how parenting hurts that will never see the light of day, but Shareen liked this one and she has made OTV a safe space, so I was willing to share there. I hope you’ll take a look. And if you have similar work, link me to it. I’d love to read you.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

4 Discussion to this post

  1. “(Shareen) has made OTV a safe space.”

    Thank you for reminding me why I love her and On The Verge so much.

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  2. For as much as I read, I rarely comment. But today an article of yours (HuffPost) found it’s way to me, in my bed where I was spending the day because I didn’t know what else to do. And your article made me get up out of bed and read your blog at my desk and that’s a big step today. So thanks for that. In a huge way.

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