Teens in Trouble: Stress and Suicide

Feb 12, 2016 by

Earlier this month several of my friends who routinely commute to New York City for work posted photos of a crowded Grand Central Terminal on their Facebook pages. Trains in and out of the station were delayed for hours and commuters were frustrated. What they didn’t know, was why. Soon, their frustration turned to sorrow and compassion when they heard the delays were a result of a 16 year-old boy tragically ending his life by jumping in front of a train.

Sadly, this isn’t uncommon. And, authorities believe, this teen may have been compelled to take his own life by the suicide of a friend in the same manner just a few weeks before. While we don’t know why these kids decided to end their own lives, we do know one thing. Kids are under more pressure today than ever before and it could be killing them.

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Not Your Mother’s Botox!

Jan 21, 2016 by

An amazing thing happens when a special needs child turns 2 (at least in our experience). It seems as if all kinds of new treatment options come into play.

Since we started Gavin on valium almost a year ago, we have been continually thinking about adding another “tool” to his ever-growing box of resources.  (This “tool” was not something that we could have added prior to him turning 2.) As with the valium, the idea of giving our now 2-year-old another “medication” was not something we took lightly. But we had to weigh the pros and cons and look at how this would impact his quality of life. He’s making progress but by adding this new “tool” would we see greater strides? Would we see regression? How would this impact his life down the road?  (Questions, it seems, we ask on an almost daily basis when it comes to treatment options for him.)

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Our Special Nightly Ritual

Jan 14, 2016 by

Oh bedtime. How I love you and hate you at the same time. I hate that it takes 15 tries to get my daughter to go upstairs to begin the process of getting her to bed. I hate the struggle to put her pjs on. I hate having to force her to brush her teeth. But I love you much more than I hate you.

I love getting into my daughter’s bed at the end of every day to spend some quiet time with her. I love the special conversations we seem to have when we’re snuggled up in her blankets together. I love when she puts her sweet, soft arms around me and says “I love you mommy.”

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Medically Complicated

Dec 2, 2015 by

A few weeks ago my oldest daughter developed a rash on her face. I initially thought it was acne, then eczema, and then…yikes. By the time I got her to her pediatrician it was partially infected and her face was red and swollen. I also had an extremely miserable kid on my hands. As we sat there in the waiting room, my “mommy guilt” kicked in, of course. I should have seen the doctor three days ago. Why didn’t I take this more seriously? What if this is something awful? My husband had added to this guilt (inadvertently of course) with his concern and questions for the doctor that he had fired at me as we drove to her appointment. Unfortunately for us, something as simple as a rash is never simple. Nothing related to her health is easy because our daughter is “medically complicated”.

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Fuck It Friday: Before & After Kids

Nov 13, 2015 by

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Check out my brand new video blog series, Fuck It Friday! I’ll be back every other Friday with a brand new video. Today’s is focused on what I was like before, and after, kids!

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