Parenting:

Managing Mental Illness

17 Posts



How the COVID-19 Crisis May Impact Children With Severe Mental Health Conditions & What To Do

How the COVID-19 Crisis May Impact Children With Severe Mental Health Conditions & What To Do

If you’re parenting a child with a serious mental health condition, the sudden social distancing made necessary by the COVID-19 virus will likely bring a whole new level of stress to you and your child.
Read More
What Does A Mental Health Diagnosis Mean For You And Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust

What Does A Mental Health Diagnosis Mean For You And Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust

As you digest what your child’s mental health professional has recently shared with you, consider your own needs in the areas of education, support, and engagement. Here are four steps that can help you adjust.
Read More
Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

About 10% of children ages 4-17 suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These kids often struggle to control their hyperactivity and/or impulsivity at school, which significantly impacts their ability to learn effectively.
Read More
School’s Out – Structure the Summer for Fall Success

School’s Out – Structure the Summer for Fall Success

Children often have difficulty adjusting to transitions. Luckily, you can reduce the stress of adjusting to a new school year by adding some light structure to your child’s summer schedule.
Read More
Coping with Your Child’s Bedtime Anxiety and Insomnia

Coping with Your Child’s Bedtime Anxiety and Insomnia

If your child has difficulty waking up in the morning or is sleepy during the day, these may be signs that your child is not getting adequate sleep. Other signs include mood swings, irritability, decreased attention span, and memory problems.
Read More
Parenting Through Winter Break And Starting the New Year Strong

Parenting Through Winter Break And Starting the New Year Strong

While the holidays are meant to bring us joy and rest, these changes can be disruptive or stressful for families with children. This may be especially true for families with children who have a mental health diagnosis.
Read More
Mental Health Days - What to do when your child just won't go to school

Mental Health Days - What to do when your child just won't go to school

All children can experience anxiety about starting a new school year. Mental health conditions can exacerbate those common anxieties and fears, sometimes even making your child physically ill.
Read More
Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

While I no longer plan summer daycare for my soon-to-be 13-year-old daughter, there’s no way I would have left my son Eric, who lives with bipolar disorder, home alone at the age of 13. He would not have been safe.
Read More
Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

My experience with my child has shown me that parents can plan for a successful adventure despite the challenges of mental illness. Here are a few things I have learned.
Read More
the worth of one: teaching our children to value their worth is vital to their mental health

the worth of one: teaching our children to value their worth is vital to their mental health

I knew from an early age that my son was not defined by his behaviors, but building self-worth and confidence in a child who experiences mental health challenges is a difficult task.
Read More
5 ways to reduce the anxiety of the holidays

5 ways to reduce the anxiety of the holidays

Amid the swirls of lights, color, sounds, laughter, parties, gifts and special events, the comfort of routines can get lost during the holidays and the increased stimulus can put everyone on edge.
Read More
helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, even more so after divorce or separation. While the season may feel different, planning and concerted efforts can help your child have a positive experience during these times.
Read More
Welcome to (Grand)Parenthood

Welcome to (Grand)Parenthood

Regardless of how grandparents find themselves parenting again, the same challenges of raising kids they once faced still exist — and new challenges have been layered on top.
Read More
3 ways for mom to help a child struggling with mental health

3 ways for mom to help a child struggling with mental health

Your heart hurts seeing your child struggling with their mental health. There are things you can do to help your kiddo - as well as yourself and your whole family!
Read More
why focusing on your child's bad behavior can be so wrong

why focusing on your child's bad behavior can be so wrong

Behavior problems are a signal that there is something else wrong in the child’s life. The behavior itself is rarely the actual problem but usually the product of something else.
Read More
what's in the way of joy-filled holidays with your loved ones?

what's in the way of joy-filled holidays with your loved ones?

Our children can be especially sensitive to family interpersonal dynamics during the holiday season, so parents must be aware of how interactions and emotions can impact their kids.
Read More
Becoming part of the solution: “We work with their diagnosis, not against it.”

Becoming part of the solution: “We work with their diagnosis, not against it.”

With three kids who suffer from mental illness, Trudy and her husband Toby are setting an amazing example of practical wisdom to help their children succeed and to instill strong values in them.
Read More