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!
Continue reading “Saying Goodbye …”
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”
Our Decision Making Process and Helpful Resources
Jack is four weeks into a wilderness treatment program. We are starting to think about whether he comes home after graduation and we continue the with local therapists and tutors or do we send him to a therapeutic boarding school. Continue reading “To Board, or Not to Board … Our Current Dilemma”
On this Thanksgiving I am sad; I am thankful …
Ben, my 13 year-old is currently at a psychiatric hospital on the tail end of a medication change. My 11 year-old is at a Wilderness Treatment Program, he is struggling with having a brother with mental illness. Instead of running a turkey trot with the kids and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, I find myself fighting back tears and avoiding all the happy family posts on Facebook. Continue reading “Thoughts & Thanks”
Growing up in the 70’s, we never spoke about depression or anxiety. In my 20’s and 30’s, I am pretty sure I never uttered the words mental health or mental illness. It wasn’t until Ben was diagnosed with autism, anxiety, a mood disorder, and Tourette’s syndrome that I found myself tongue tied when talking about this foreign world. Continue reading “Hey Kids, Let’s Talk Mental Health”
As I sit down to write this, I am processing so many difficult emotions.
GUILT is at the top of the list.
My older son, Ben, is learning to live with autism, a mood disorder, and anxiety (just to name a few). From a very early age, Ben’s younger brother Jack was witness to his rages and manic episodes. Continue reading “Mother’s Guilt”