Through The Wringer – part 2

Today we dodged a huge legal bullet. A few weeks ago, my son was arrested for third degree aggravated assault (against a police officer) and resisting arrest – all because he refused to leave my home after he had another one of his emotional rants towards me. I had called the police that night to […]

How A Horse Gave Me Clarity

I rode on a horse for the first time in my life the other day. I wanted to do it for several reasons – I’ve never really been around animals much, I wanted to do something new and different, and I wanted to understand the connection between the human spirit and that of a horse’s. […]

Through The Wringer

When it comes to parenting a child with mental health issues, I think I’ve been through it all.  Multiple school expulsions, stigmas about me & my son, family estrangement, psychiatric evaluations, court battles with an incorrigible & non-existent co-parent, emergency room visits, in-patient psychiatric hospitalizations, anxiety-inducing medical bills (there will be a blog about that), […]

The Best Parent I Can Be

My son came back home several days ago, unexpectedly.  The last week has been such a turbulent time for the two of us.  One minute he wasn’t in my home because I couldn’t take any longer the weight of parenting a child with severe mental & emotional issues.  Then the next minute, he is back.  […]

When Shit Hits the Fan, Have Faith

Two days ago, I couldn’t take it anymore.  I was listening to music that, for whatever reason, triggered a reaction from my son, starting up an argument.  For those who follow my blog, you know that my son is diagnosed with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) and mood disorder – disruptive mood dysregulation disorder to be […]

School Systems & Mental Health

My son is currently a junior in high school.  It is spring semester and he is currently being home schooled by a district approved teacher.  He is receiving only 10 hours of instruction each week.  His last placement, a therapeutic school, did not work out.  He was there for only a year.  Despite providing the […]