Category Archives: School Issues

Positivity can quickly go out the window when parenting a child with mental illness. We get so caught up in the negativity that we can’t see the positive things about our children. We get frustrated, upset, sad, etc when we … Continue reading

Talking with a teacher is always hard. It’s about advocating for your child. It’s especially hard if the teacher has already heard through the grapevine or seen your child’s school record. But, what if a new teacher does not know … Continue reading

Reflection I try to do this often. Reflection is important because it allows me to step back and see what’s really there. Taking time to think about To think about what Bob has been through the last year or even … Continue reading

Homework was a touchy subject with Bob, pre-ADHD and treatment. Bob hated it and so did I. I dreaded coming home to help Bob with his homework. I knew a battle would come because Bob never wanted to do his … Continue reading

The story of Salecia Johnson–a 6-year-old Kindergarten student who was handcuffed and arrested following a destructive tantrum–received widespread media attention. That this unfortunate event occurred at all is bad enough–the public’s response has been even worse.

Have you heard this story? About the 6-year-old kindergartener who, throwing an epic tantrum, was handcuffed by police and escorted to the police station? Who has been suspended from school until August–i.e., the remainder of the school year? Have you … Continue reading

It was a perfectly innocent scene–my boys, ages 10 and 3, sitting on the couch watching a mild-mannered cartoon. The three of us watched an animated teenage boy kiss his animated teenage girlfriend–nothing pornographic, just a light peck on the … Continue reading

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but mine is literally blossoming with signs of Spring. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming–we even dug the lawn mower out of hiding yesterday. With the return of Daylight Savings Time … Continue reading

There are two sides to every coin, right? Having offered up my list of what I, as a parent, wish educators knew about childhood psychiatric illness, it seems only fair to play devil’s advocate.

My response to a recent comment asking, “should I homeschool my mentally ill child?” I, personally, would not. Here’s why: