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8 Self-Care Tips For Parents of Children with Mental Illness

8 Self-Care Tips For Parents of Children with Mental Illness

Self-care is critical for parents raising children living with mental illness. As parents, we tend to put our child’s needs ahead of our own. This doesn’t work. I’ve put together a list of eight self-care tips for parents of children with mental illness.

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504 Plan for Mentally Ill Child Forces Parent to Ask: When to Push, When to Relent

504 Plan for Mentally Ill Child Forces Parent to Ask: When to Push, When to Relent

I’d like to thank all of you for the kind words and shared stories regarding last week’s posts regarding my son, Bob’s first inpatient psychiatric facility admission. I have more to share on that matter, but I’m returning to the present today for the ongoing saga of the 504 Plan.

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Spring Brings Familiar Summer Dilemma

Spring Brings Familiar Summer Dilemma

Early last week, while picking up Bob from school, I was stopped by one of the after-school program teachers.

“Summer enrollment is this week,” she warned me. “Make sure you fill out the form before Friday afternoon.”

Thus began a several-day period of stressing, obsessing and plea-bargaining.

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Managing the “Holiday Hangover”

Managing the “Holiday Hangover”

You know the feeling. You’re tired–no, make that exhausted, your head hurts, your stomach hurts, and you just can’t seem to be able to get with the program. And you haven’t had a drop to drink. Then you look at the calendar and realize it’s the first week of January.

Welcome to the “Holiday Hangover.”

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Parents Not Always the Enemy (Pt 1)

Parents Not Always the Enemy (Pt 1)

There are some issues surrounding children with mental illness, their parents, blame and anger, I want to explore. While I’m collecting my thoughts, however, I ask you to consider this, originally posted on my personal blog in July, 2007.

Kindergarten starts August 20, 2007. Bob is registered. He’s had his tour of the school. He can’t wait. Me? I’m freaking out.

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Compassion Important in Caring for Children with Mental Illness

Compassion Important in Caring for Children with Mental Illness

It’s no secret that raising children requires patience, particularly children with mental illness. Patience can be the difference between moving forward from conflict and escalating into a full meltdown. I have, however, discovered a quality even more important to raising a child with a psychiatric condition–compassion.

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Balancing Work with Parenting a Mentally Ill Child Isn’t Easy

Balancing Work with Parenting a Mentally Ill Child Isn’t Easy

I am a working parent.

Some parents work because they love their work; others because they need the money. I’m a little of both—I don’t love my work, but I value my sanity and indoor plumbing. Without my income, we’d have neither.

Being a working parent is a juggling act under the best circumstances, but when your child has a chronic illness, it’s virtually impossible. Sadly, parents whose children have a psychiatric illness (like my son, Bob, who has bipolar disorder and ADHD) struggle with all of those difficulties–and then some.

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Communicating With Your Child’s Psychiatrist

Communicating With Your Child’s Psychiatrist

The first time I sat in a psychiatrist’s office, it was for myself. He scared me. He wasn’t anything like the mom-like therapists I was used to. He barely made eye contact. He asked me a few questions, to which I gave rambling answers. He scribbled. He left the room, returning after a few minutes to hand me a prescription and bid me farewell.

I’ve since visited a multitude of psychiatrists—for my own benefit and for Bob’s, my son with bipolar disorder—and found that first experience pretty typical.

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Summer Care for the Mentally Ill Child

Summer Care for the Mentally Ill Child

It’s Summertime, and the livin’s…easy?

Maybe not. It used to be, until I became the parent of a school-aged “MI” child.

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