The Battle is real (continued from part 2)

The truth is, you are fighting a battle. And the battle of parenting your child through mental health issues is beyond tough. It is beyond exhausting. And to say it is heartbreaking, barely touches it. At times you may feel alone, but you aren’t! There are others who are having similar experiences. These aren’t the things that people are talking about freely or sharing on Facebook, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.

A friend of mine said it well the other day, “I sometimes feel like a fraud. Because what I show to others isn’t what is really going on.” True that. We have to portray outwardly for the sake of our other children, our family, our job, even for our own sanity, some resemblance of strength, coping, or health. But what we feel internally can feel like such a dreadful mismatch. That my friend is where that loneliness begins and grows.

Self-Care: Finding Comfort, Relief and Renewal of Spirit

discovering mentoring benefits

We need to give ourselves the grace to shed light on our unimaginable experiences and gut-wrenching emotions. For some, that may mean taking time to share with a close friend. Others may find some relief in journaling to get some of those thoughts and feelings out. And it may be useful to consider seeking the support of a counselor who can serve as a healthy outlet and support for all you are trying to understand, learn, and survive. Don’t underestimate these avenues of self-care. Many parents feel that taking time for that self-care is selfish, but the truth is…self-care enables you to better care for others. You can’t give or help others when your own tank is empty.

Find those avenues whether physical, emotional, or spiritual that help refuel and refresh you. Those moments may be few and far between, but taking that time is essential! These moments allow you to come up for air, breathe a deep breath, and go back ready to battle what lies ahead.

Helpful Resources For This Part Of Your Journey

If you are just joining me or if you have been with me from the start, you or someone you know, may find these past resources to be helpful in this part of your journey: Click the tags or choose a post for more information.

  1. Parenting A Child Through Mental Health Issues Part 1The Battle Ground It’s a battle that wounds the soul and leaves one gasping for air. And while you feel as though you might be a scarred mess, you are drawn to the realization that you really aren’t scarred at all. Instead, you are an open and raw wound, never getting time to heal or repair before being viciously ripped …Read MoreSeptember 13, 2021
  2. Parenting A Child Through Mental Health Issues Part 2
  3. 3 Common Mental Issues Moms Face Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are some of the most common mental health issues mothers face. Unfortunately, and all to common, moms are so busy caring for the other members of a family that her own health (mental, emotional, and physical) can suffer.
  4. 5 Things every mom needs now Whether you started into motherhood by plan or by surprise, it undoubtedly changed your life. While the majority of those changes are welcome and even delightful, there have probably been others that were unexpected or difficult.
  5. Counseling Basics And all too often, counseling is used as a last resort before struggling couples call it quits. But there are a whole myriad of reasons that people seek counseling.
  6. The Big Challenge of Kids Who Need Extra Our Journey with SPD and ADHD
  7. Advocating for Your Child’s Learning Needs The journey of special needs, invisible disabilities, and understanding your child’s unique learning needs can be a struggle.
  8. 7 Tips for Helping Your Child Through Trial to TriumphGetting kids through the tough times. So how can we as parents help our kids navigate times of trial to get to triumph? Find this parenting help here.November 11, 2019
  9. Five Life-Changing Concepts for Parenting ADHD Part 3It is important that we help arm the people in our child’s world with the appropriate insights, strategies, and skills to understand and appreciate them!November 2, 2019
  10. Five Life-Changing Concepts in Parenting ADHD–Part 2And in this 3-part blog series, I’d like to shed some practical light and helpful perspectives on understanding and parenting your child with ADHDOctober 21, 2019
  11. Five Life-Changing Concepts in Parenting ADHDOctober is ADHD Awareness Month. I can’t help but stop and help raise much-needed awareness for something many families are battling and desperately needing support and resources to walk the course. Our own family has been affected by this diagnosis. It’s not just the individual’s issue. It affects the whole family. To follow our journey with ADHD and SPD, check …Read MoreOctober 14, 2019

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Take Care,

Jami Kirkbride
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