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Christina Nicole SmithBy Christina Nicole Smith
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Christina Nicole SmithBy Christina Nicole Smith
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An excerpt from "MY CHOICE" ©:

"Hi. My name is Joseph and I want to share my story with you about when I first learned about making choices.

When you make a choice, that means you pick one thing from a bunch of different things. For instance, sometimes your mom might ask you if you want milk, water or juice to drink. Your choice may be water. Or your mom may ask you if you want to go to the store with her or if you want to stay home with your grandparents. You may choose to go with your mom to the store as your choice.

My mom first told me about making choices one day when I asked her where my dad was. I used to see him at least once a week or every two weeks. Then, I didn't see or hear from him at all. I didn't know why he didn't come to our house anymore. All I knew was that I felt sad and sometimes angry because I didn't see him anymore."

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How do you explain an absentee father to your child? How do you deal with the feelings you are having inside of yourself as a mother? It’s time to open the door and talk about it-not with resentment or anger, but from an empowered place. It’s time to heal.

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Hi, I’m Christina Smith.

Thank you for your consideration to donate and for watching the video about "My Choice" - a children's book.

This project is very near and dear to my heart because this story is essentially, autobiographical. My son's father just stopped coming to see our son. It was out of nowhere. He just stopped calling and I didn’t have a reliable way to reach him on the telephone. There's more background story to this but the point is that I was very angry. So angry and bitter I couldn't see straight. I just didn't understand. I had a picture of Joseph's father hanging up and I took it down and put it away where I didn't have to look at it. One day I came in my room and the photo was tacked back to the wall. Joseph had put it there! That's when I snapped out of my own disgust and realized that “this” was not about me. It's about Joseph. He loves his father too. I had to find a way to heal myself and lead with a positive example for Joseph. For the longest time I didn't have anything nice to say about his father so I didn't say anything at all. I looked for children's books on absentee fathers but the only ones I could find were of divorced parents and that didn't fit my situation. So I knew then that I had to come up with the words to talk about this myself because the situation wasn't just going to disappear. I had to "grow up" and handle it. I'm so glad I did because I'm better for it, my son is better for it and that's when I said to myself, "I know I’m not the only one who is searching for positive empowering and healing ways to deal with this delicate type of situation."

This just got bigger than me all of a sudden and you know what? Now I’m on a mission. I want to share our story in the form of a children's book and help other mothers out there like me. There are many parents out there that never get married and even if the parents are married, when a father just leaves with no explanation whatsoever, that's a delicate and special set of circumstances that IS SIMPLY NOT ADDRESSED in any children’s books on the market.

Many mothers in similar situations are angry with the fathers of their children and probably have valid reasons why. But it's not going to help their children. They will only blame themselves. I believe "My Choice" will allow mothers and children to start an open dialogue and hopefully start them on a journey of healing, and positive growth in many single parent households across the country. This is because in the book, Joseph's mother reveals to him the awesome power he has in CHOICE. She shows him how to use it and explains the advantages in using it. This encourages him and he becomes stronger on the inside!

I can’t do this alone, I could really use your support to get My Choice published and distributed. "My Choice" is already a completed work registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. So, once the funding process is completed, the publishing process should take around 7 weeks to complete before distribution can start.

My vision is to see "My Choice" in libraries across the country as well as make it available to non-profits who support mothers and children.

It is my opinion that if this information is given to children at an early age and it is reinforced by the parent through modeling the behaviour (because we all know children will DO as you DO and NOT as you SAY), it will empower each child to learn how to drive their lives and not let the circumstances of their lives, drive them!

I truly appreciate all of your positive energy, encouragement and support!

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