The Facebook Illusion

Ben and I were driving home after spending four successful days in the Philadelphia area.  He was sleeping in the back of the car and I was thinking about Facebook and my reservation to post pictures from this trip.

Twice I started a Facebook post and twice I hit cancel.

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Saying Goodbye …

It never gets easy … saying goodbye after visiting your child at a therapeutic boarding school.  

Having gone through this with Ben when he was at a residential treatment center, I should be a pro at saying goodbye.  Not even close!

My husband and I just spent three days with Jack.  He earned off campus privileges and spent two nights with us.

It was an awesome visit!

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Traveling: Sweating the Small Stuff

I LOVE to travel!

I love to explore and experience new things.  Getting off the main road and finding local gems is the BEST!  And I LOVE the idea of family adventures.

Well, my love for travel does not bode well for Ben and his anxiety.  And I mean anxiety with a capital A followed by many exclamation marks! Continue reading “Traveling: Sweating the Small Stuff”

I Quit!

Warning:  A pity party to follow.  

Every so often it just builds up.  Everything in our life requires so much effort and energy.  We are limited in what we can do.  And when we do attempt typical family outings, we often times pay the price.  I get tired of being the face of strength and grace. Continue reading “I Quit!”

To Board, or Not to Board … Our Decision

What’s the best therapeutic environment for Jack?

 In the two previous posts … Our Current Dilemma and Evaluating Options, I shared how I organize my thoughts, develop a decision-making criteria, and evaluate programs.

Trust me, we want Jack home!

I know when I am exhausted, I do not always make the best decisions.  My emotions get the best of me.  Going through a proven decision-making process helps me stay objective and have greater confidence in the final decision. Continue reading “To Board, or Not to Board … Our Decision”

To Board, or Not to Board … Evaluating Options

As I mentioned in my previous post – To Board, or Not to Board … Our Current Dilemma, our youngest son is at a wilderness treatment program.

We are in the process of deciding whether he will come home or go to a therapeutic boarding school. 

When we went through this process with our older son, we hired an education consultant.  This time we are flying solo. Continue reading “To Board, or Not to Board … Evaluating Options”

Navigating the Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for happy and jolly.  Or at least those are the expectations of the holiday season.  For families living with mental illness, this is not always the most wonderful time of the year.  The holiday season can be very challenging, emotional, and an isolating time for families.

We typically ring in the holiday season with at least one trip to the psychiatric hospital, this year was no different.  The heightened anxiety and change in mood usually begin with the talk of Halloween and we don’t level out until mid January at the earliest.  We often say that if we could have looked into the future we would have converted to Buddhism prior to starting our family. Continue reading “Navigating the Holiday Season”

No Tricks, Just Treats

The Halloween season has always kicked off three plus very difficult months for Ben.  I was never a fan of the holiday and since kids, I have come to dread it.  

The anticipation of candy, the unpredictability of the costumes, the gory decorations, and the change in routine triggered manic behavior complete with a downward depressed spiral.  

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