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Staying Mentally Healthy for Your Child with Mental Illness

Staying Mentally Healthy for Your Child with Mental Illness

Staying mentally healthy while parenting a child with mental illness is a struggle. But you need to try. Your child can't make it without you. Staying mentally healthy as a parent of a child with mental illness can be a struggle. It’s difficult to watch your child experience depression, angry outbursts, or suicidal thoughts. Being a parent means having an extraordinary capacity for love, and with that comes an extraordinary capacity for worry. Your child can’t make it without you, though, so it’s important to recognize when you need to reach out for help, too. You need to stay mentally healthy for your child with a mental illness.

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Battling the Isolation of Childhood Mental Illness

Battling the Isolation of Childhood Mental Illness

The isolation caused by childhood mental illness can limit your family's fulfillment and capacity for mental health. Learn to limit associated anxiety instead. A child’s mental illness isolates the whole family. Social anxiety, unpredictable outbursts, sensory issues–all these things can make the outside world exhausting for your child (Mental Illness, Isolation, and Loneliness). Judgment, stigma, and fear make it exhausting for parents. Isolation in childhood mental illness is our biggest enemy. Fight it.

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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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Parenting A Child With Mental Illness: 2013 in Review

Parenting A Child With Mental Illness: 2013 in Review

Hiya Parents! As 2013 ends, I’ve been thinking about the past year and the different ways Bob, my son with ADHD, has grown. I’ve also been reviewing the past year for the top ten posts that you’ve enjoyed. As I went through them, I realized that I’ve grown a lot as a parent. So much of our time is spent ensuring that our kids are growing up well that we forget that we grow, too. So here’s a round-up of my top ten posts just to inspire you to have an amazing 2014 with your special needs child! Thank you so much for making it a great 2013. Happy New Year!

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Parenting Lessons: Call for Back Up

Parenting Lessons: Call for Back Up

For me, calling for back up is very difficult. But, when parenting a child with mental illness and feeling like I’m not able to deal, calling for back up is the best thing I could do. If you’re like me, you have a hard time asking for help because you want to make sure everything gets done right. The hardest challenge I’ve had in parenting Bob is being comfortable asking for help. Below are some reasons why making a call for back up can be good for you.

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Keep Your Cool in 3 Easy Steps

Keep Your Cool in 3 Easy Steps

To keep your cool while parenting a child with mental illness sometimes takes every drop of your energy. Especially when you’re annoyed, upset, cranky, irritated or just plain stressed out. Getting upset is a normal thing for all people, but it takes a few tricks to keep your anger in check. And when you can keep your cool, your child will, too. Here are three steps you can use to keep your anger in check and calm down.

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3 Ways Self-Care is Good for Your Special Needs Child

3 Ways Self-Care is Good for Your Special Needs Child

I talk a great deal about self-care for parenting a child with mental illness. The task isn’t easy. Not only are you responsible for this child, but you also need to address his or her mental illness. We spend so much time caring for our kids that we don’t have time to care for ourselves.

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When Self-Care Doesn’t Happen

When Self-Care Doesn’t Happen

Hiya fellow parents. I share a lot about self-care here. What to do and why it is so important to practice good self-care. But, I don’t always follow my own advice. And when I don’t, everything seems to backfire for me. It happened last week with Bob’s school attendance.

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Self-Care: Getting Enough Sleep to Minimize Stress

Self-Care: Getting Enough Sleep to Minimize Stress

Over the past month, I’ve been writing about taking care of you, taking care of your child and eating right to help manage your child’s mental illness to help parents improve their mental health and wellness. In the video below, you’ll find my tips to how getting enough sleep can help you reduce stress and be a better parent.

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Self Care: Eating Right To Help Manage Your Child’s Mental Illness

Self Care: Eating Right To Help Manage Your Child’s Mental Illness

Last week, I wrote about self-care, or taking care of you while caring for your child, and why it is so important to your child’s well-being as well as your own. Many times, we parents leave ourselves for last while caring for our children.

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