For some parents whose children are not able to swallow, a g-tube is not a choice. It is a life-saving medical intervention. For some parents, their pediatricians or GI doctors may leave the timing of placing a g-tube up to them. This is usually the case when a child is eating some but not enough for adequate weight gain and growth. For those parents who are dealing with the decision of placing a g-tube, remember that it does not mean you are giving up on your child. It does not mean that you are throwing up your hands in defeat. It does not mean you have failed your child in any way. Think of it as the next step in your journey. Try to let go of any guilt and think only about what will help your child the most. You are stronger than you think. A g-tube is not a white flag; it does not mean surrender, defeat, or failure. It means strength, growth, and love!