Setting Up an Crisis Plan for Your Child

I know I posted awhile back about setting up a crisis plan of some kind for yourself, whether it’s an Advanced Directive, a Springing Durable Power of Attorney, or just a simple family crisis plan when you have a mental illness or some other special medical need that may require hospitalization. This is especially important when you have children that will need to be cared for during that time.

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Holding It Together as a Bipolar Parent

Holding It Together When You’re A Short-Tempered Parent

This article was interesting for me. Not because I shared her experience but because I was the short fused person before having children and found myself becoming calmer after they were born. I didn’t want to be that frightening parent to my children. Continue reading

What is Conduct Disorder?

I’ve been wanting to write about what Conduct Disorder is because that is one of the disorders my youngest son has been diagnosed with. However, I don’t know if my problem finding the words is because I don’t agree with the diagnosis or if the material on this diagnosis is truly lacking. It seems like every where I look, every link I click on is pretty much just a carbon copy of each other. It’s not very helpful. I can’t even seem to find a digital copy of what the DSM-V actually has to say about it. Continue reading

Too Little, Too Late – Support Groups Can Sometimes Suck

Why is it that certain support groups online (not the same one I’ve talked about before, I’m in many different ones) feel like there are hateful, judgmental, and argumentative people creeping into it all the time? I suppose this is the nature of stress and parental guilt that comes with raising special needs children. So we end up feeling the need to compare ourselves and each other, constantly passing judgment in an effort to boost ourselves. Such is the nature of being human sadly and I’m no different. Continue reading

Do not Engage?!

Another really good discussion came up in a support group I’m in. This time about how professionals often recommend to us parents not engaging with our aggressive children and then trying to work with them when they are calmer later. To many of us, this doesn’t make sense. How does this teach our children to control themselves and be responsible adults later in life? Why are they giving us this counter-intuitive advice?

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