Category Archives: Mental Health

Articles relating to mental health are in this category. Typically they will fall into one of two categories. Yours, or your child’s. Yes, your mental health is important.

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

I have an idea about boxes.

I am thinking about starting a second blog.  one that uses boxes as a metaphor for diversity in disability. just as no two kids with autism are alike, neither are two kids with cystic fybrosis or epilepsy. What do you think? For it to be successful, I need lots of stories.  Stories about you, your… 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

Another look at the boxes…

Hopefully you have read my previous post about boxes. If not, click here. In life, we all have boxes that are different shapes and sizes.  Can you imagine if every box looked the same? Now, you might not appreciate all of this talk about boxes.  Let’s look at it from another perspective. How about if… 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

Causal Leadership Summit

Last week, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a seminar called “Summit on Causal Leadership.” It was an incredible experience to be in a setting with agencies, both state and non-profit, talking about leadership.  Not just any type of leadership, but leadership that helps achieve goals for kids with special healthcare needs. I… Continue Reading