Category Archives: Mental Health – Child

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assault reported by David

I received a call from David’s teacher.  evidently he was being offensive and sent to time out.  When he didn’t stay, they took him back. He threw a chair at his teacher or one of the staff, and then headbutted someone.  In addition to his threatening to kill them, he also was kicking and hitting.… Continue Reading

Upcoming feature – Newsletter

Starting January 1, 2013, (yes we know, it is hard to imagine) we will be adding a newsletter to our blog.  If you would like to sign up for it, you can sign up when you leave a comment on any page. Per request, our email list will remain private, and will never be sold/shared/traded… Continue Reading

Placement sometimes feels wrong..

Is it wrong for me to have moments where I relish the concept that David is in placement? Today for example.  My bride and I went to see David and spent two hours visiting him.  Afterward, we went out for supper and then we went shopping.  When David was at home, we never would have… Continue Reading

First visit with David

He has been a resident since October 3rd.  Today we had our first visit.  It went well, we were able to see him for two hours.  We played a couple of board games, and then watched a show on tv. He is as energetic as ever. It breaks my heart to see him happy there. … Continue Reading

Behavior Dependent – Holidays

David has been in placement for 6 weeks now. His behavior and aggressiveness toward others are not diminishing, thus they are not recommending any home visits.  We will reevaluate for Christmas.  This is as I expected, however it doesn’t make my heart hurt any less for him.  Does he miss us? I don’t think so. … Continue Reading

all in due time

With David out of the house 99.9 percent of the time, the other kids are coming out of their shells. I think one of the hardest things is having to call upstairs two or three or four times to get their attention.  Most of that is because they are teenagers and have teenage things on… Continue Reading

David Update

We get regular calls and updates regarding David. Seems like he is still stealing everyday.  But now when he gets caught, he is becoming verbally aggressive toward staff. I have a theory about that. He steals from everybody, but only gets verbally aggressive toward those he knows will return to him each day.  As long… Continue Reading

Boycott Ann Coulter – Hold her to the same standard as Michael Richards

Dear Miss Coulter, Even the least educated among our population know that there exists in the language, a number of words that aren’t used in conversation.  Typically this is because, over time, they have become derogatory in nature. Some key words that are considered derogatory: Retard Nigger Which of these words have you used in… Continue Reading

community engagement – Thank you Optimists

Today, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of optimists.  The Optimist Club of Bismarck kindly accepted my request to speak to their group.  It went well for my first engagement as a speaker. I spoke about our Family Voices of North Dakota organization.  I answered questions regarding special health care needs and… Continue Reading

According to David…

We had the monthly staffing for David today at the residential facility. Evidently there are some things about our family that I didn’t know. We have three or four horses. We have a maid/servant that sees to our needs. Does laundry, cooks and cleans the house. I sleep in David’s bedroom not to keep track… Continue Reading