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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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”