It All Starts With Repeating The Lessons you Teach

As  parent we all want to ensure that our children are growing up to be a respectful part of society, but what happens when you are raising a child with autism high functioning who doesn’t comprehend empathy or compassion? I think we all can agree that having compassion and empathy are important skills to function in society, right?! The question is, how can we teach these skills to children who don’t pick up on social ques in the ways the rest of us do? I am not sure how you teach it or how you have worked with your autistic […]

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The Long Journey to Correct Medicine Induced Weight Gain

When Aj was put on risperdone in May of 2012 he weight about 62lbs. Last week, Monday June 3, 2013, Aj weighed in at about 96lbs during his psychiatrist appointment.  Each time Aj went into the office for a follow up on medication, I nearly cried. Each day I wake up and see my six year old son gaining more and more weight. Each day I fought as he basically climbed the walls dying of hunger, yet he is very well fed. Each day my heart broke. My son Aj had been born chunky for sure, same as his little […]

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A Parent Shall Forever Fight for What’s Best

What’s best for each child is different from family to family, child to child, but one thing for sure I know is that each parent fights for what they feel is best for their child. For me, it’s all about trying to figure out how to properly medicate my six year old son. From age two we have fought and fought to figure out why this child was pretty much born angry. Back in the day his Dad and I always said that Aj had one mood and emotion only, that was anger. Maybe you could call it irritability but […]

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Another Journey with Aj Med Change

Today I share more news on Aj, my six year old son who I had always thought may have a mood disorder or something since he was born. I won’t get into all the long drawn out stories of Aj, but you can catch up on past blog posts about my son Aj by clicking here. Recently, meaning about one week ago there was a significant difference in how Aj was behaving, sleeping and reacting to various things in his world. Once he was on Risperidone about  a year ago, he became the “normal” four year old boy who would […]

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The Struggles With Bipolar in a Child #bipolar #parents #kids

My Aj being diagnosed with a mood disorder/bipolar at such a young age makes sense to me because I have witnessed him having a mood issue since the day he was born. My ex husband and I always said that Aj had one emotion, “anger”, that is how he has been all of his life. Each time we get a medication, things are decent for a little while and then bam, all of a sudden he is off kilter and it’s a fight to even get him to put his own boots on. That is the stage I have been […]

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Journey with Mood Disorder/Bipolar – Fighting For My Kids

Since my last blog post on the weight gain with risperidal that has worked well for Aj’s bipolar/mood disorder diagnosis there has been some changes.  For one, it dawned on me that the medication Aj takes to help keep his moods steady also brings on weight gain, therefore one would safely assume there is a contradiction between this medication. For one, risperidal is somewhat based on height and weight of the child for dosing, but at the same time Aj gains significant weight on this medication due to the increased appetite side effect from risperidal. Make sense?! I think not. […]

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More on Aj’s Journey with Bipolar

Writing about my journey raising a mood disorder/bipolar child helps me to 1) connect with others who are going through similar situations and 2) move on from the stress and sadness that surrounds me while trying to raise a child with bipolar. I have blogged a lot about Aj, my now six year old son, who was finally diagnosed bioplar last year. Read more under Mood Disorder category here on site to catch up with the journey if you have not read all of the other posts yet. Aj has been on risperidone which is the generic form of risperidal […]

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I’ve Been Strong, But Heart Breaking

Many look to me as a super mom of sorts, I do a ton each day. I juggle the three kids, one having a mood disorder, the other being extremely hyper and the third going through her hormonal changes that come with adolescence.  I also do work for my social media marketing clients and writing for two blogs along side some freelance writing. Between all of that, what is left? A single parent household with a mom who has more time for her kids due to her job she has taken on since 2006, but you also have a Mom […]

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What’s with the Early mornings?

I have tried various bedtimes with my two sons in the past, never having been able to get them to wake up much later than 8am. That was nice, but it only happens on some rare occasion. Regardless of what time my sons go to bed, you can count on them rolling out of bed between 4am and 6am every day, seven days a week. Now I don’t know about you but when the weekend comes I want to stay up a bit later, watching a movie, hanging out or writing on my blogs but then I pay for it […]

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A Parents Fight Never Stops When It Comes to Their Kids

On August 13, 2006 a big boy came into this world weighing 9lbs 5oz. After spending the whole pregnancy not sure if I was ready to be a Mom to another child and in all honesty not wanting to have this newborn baby, I fell in love with a little boy the moment he was placed in my arms.  This was the day I realized a mother’s love rises above all doubt, all worry and all fears. A mothers love can appear the moment that newborn baby is placed in her arms and that love gives her strength to fight […]

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