This is What it’s like to Have a Child with Anxiety

I knew it was going to happen. He was exhausted. I asked him if he wanted a snack, but didn’t realize that we were out of the snacks he wanted. He reacted with anger and said hurtful words. I responded calmly with a consequence. He continued to cry and meltdown for roughly 10 minutes. IContinue reading “This is What it’s like to Have a Child with Anxiety”

We must BE Good Humans, in order to Raise them

You don’t have to have a lot of money to be a good person and help others. In fact, from my experience it seems that genuinely good people help out somehow, even when they are in need. My husband is a genuinely good guy. He has his faults, as we all do; but he’s alwaysContinue reading “We must BE Good Humans, in order to Raise them”

I put up my Christmas Tree Already

I put up my Christmas tree already. In all honesty, I’ve been putting my tree up earlier and earlier over the past few years. My house is already more than halfway decorated; and Amazon has recently made a few stops with presents that will go under our tree for Christmas morning. I put up myContinue reading “I put up my Christmas Tree Already”

I’m no longer Angry; I’m just Grateful

I used to get really pissed off that I was the parent always giving my kids baths, and not my husband. I used to get really pissed off that I couldn’t even take a shower without one of my children asking me to open a snack even though their father was available to help them.Continue reading “I’m no longer Angry; I’m just Grateful”

My Head was pounding, but my Heart was Whole

There are days when I am so broken from the emotional balance of parenting. Being both patient and enforcing consequences takes its toll. That toll is even higher when you have a child who has Anxiety with extra emotional meltdowns to follow. There are many days when I just wish it would be easier forContinue reading “My Head was pounding, but my Heart was Whole”

Words only Hurt when you give them Value

The other day my 7 year old heard a random kid call me a “whale.” My son doesn’t really understand the significance of that word and how I used to hear that word and similar words many years ago. Back then I gave those words value. All he knew is that the tone the boyContinue reading “Words only Hurt when you give them Value”

Compliance in Children

Compliance. I heard that word in reference to my son at one of our first trial therapy sessions last year. That word just doesn’t sit right with me. The therapist (who wasn’t a good fit and we haven’t seen since) asked my husband and I “So, you want him to be more compliant and obedient?Continue reading “Compliance in Children”

Marry the Man who Paints Your Door Red

A couple of weeks ago I picked out a gorgeous red paint for our front door. For years I’ve wanted a red door. I don’t really know why, it just feels adventurous and exciting. After years of wanting, months of planning, and weeks of beginning, I thought that paint would sit on our entryway stepsContinue reading “Marry the Man who Paints Your Door Red”