Dear Friends of Feeding Matters,
Typically, when I sit down to write these messages to you all, I try to share messages of inspiration or hope. But I have to be vulnerable with you right now. It’s been tough to find that inspiration, even in the light of a new year, which is typically a source of renewal for me and many others. And the reason I share this, besides always wanting to be an authentic leader, is that I know others have entered the year feeling the same way and I want you all to know you’re not alone. Whether you’re trying to carry out feeding therapy recommendations at home with your child or providing care for families day in and day out, it’s ok that the start of this year isn’t feeling great and it’s ok to give yourself the grace and space to feel that way. You can give yourself permission to be the best self that you can today, with no judgment or expectation. This is what I’ve been trying to do for myself, and encouraging the Feeding Matters team to embrace as well. If these last few years have taught us anything, it’s that we need to be kind to ourselves.
When I’m feeling a little less than my best, I focus on the good. At Feeding Matters there is a lot of good. We truly do have many exciting things to share with you and many opportunities for you to get involved this year. Our mission is “Furthering advances in pediatric feeding disorder by accelerating identification, igniting research, and promoting collaborative care for children and families,” – and we will always stay laser focused on that mission. Thank you for embracing a new year of challenges and a new year of opportunities with us. This year, we will do great things together and will give ourselves space and grace when we need it.
Jaclyn Pederson, MHI
Chief Executive Officer