In our family, we do kind. We do hugs. We do trust. We do second chances. We do loud (really well)! We do love. We also do mental illness. Here are some of my favorite strategies and resources for understanding and managing mental illness.
Posts in the "Getting Through Hard Times" category:
When I was pregnant with my first child I went twelve days past my due date. Twelve days. I remember feeling like I had prepared for a big vacation, packed my bags, taken time off work, then shown up at the airport to find the flight had been canceled.
Yearning for motherhood may be painful, but it is a beautiful and natural thing. It can lead to growth and make room in our hearts. If we reach out to each other in compassion, it can forge bonds that build hope.
It’s happened to all of us, but somehow it’s so much more painful when it happens to our kids! What do you do when your child comes home in tears because of mean kids? Here are some insights to help your child feel tough when the bullies get rough.
Our second son could be sweet, but he was also a hitter, a biter, and when upset, he would attack anyone who was in reach or run away. It was terrifying being his mother. Then I found a method that worked like magic—to simply love my son.
After my second baby was born, I was an emotional wreck. I had a meltdown about not feeling like me anymore. Eventually, I was able to make time in my regular routine for activities that bring me joy. With a little juggling, patience and planning, you can too!
We’ve all heard of postpartum baby blues, but what about mid-life mom blues? Allyson Reynolds gives 5 reasons her newest stage of motherhood (her youngest child started school last fall) is keeping her on her toes…and 5 reasons it’s also really awesome.
For moms of challenging children, it does get easier. As you work hard every day to maintain your patience, your composure, and your sanity, celebrate your successes and forgive yourself for your failings. Know that one day, it will all pay off.
I finally admitted that I had an eating disorder when I was an overwhelmed new mom. As part of my counseling, I participated in “narrative therapy” and was asked to embody my eating disorder as a character in a story. The result was eye-opening and powerful.
This time of year is hard for me. It’s cold, dark, and the days seem to drag on forever. I’m not the only one who struggles at this time of year, so I wanted share some ideas to help out my fellow summer-loving friends.
A major shift in priorities took us from barely making it to thriving. Life is significantly easier now that we don’t owe others and can spend our money on things we couldn’t afford before. You can become financially free on any income.
Being happy is a choice. Witnessing all of the happiness my friends and family brought to my house during this difficult time was a reminder that I could be happy, too. I wanted to model happiness for my little ones. I wanted this to be my normal.