As many know, I just published a devotional for parents with teens in crisis. One of the thoughts of those reading my book was, “I guess her kids are doing great and out of their problems.”
Just need to say this… The answer to that is “No!” They are still struggling and dealing with a lot of issues. Some are extremely serious and other problems will need more time to heal.
The point is this…the issues I faced in the past are very different in how I face them today. Why? Throughout the years while my children were hurting and in pain, I was a parent who was broken too. I carried guilt, shame, discouragement, hopelessness, and many other emotions too heavy for a parent to be burdened with. I also struggled with chronic depression and was not in a healthy place. Continue reading
The phenomena of CBD is here! It is in EVERYTHING! Make-up, Creams, Vapes, Latte’s, facials, and even gummies. CBD (known as a chemical compound from the cannabis plant), has become an exploding industry which leaves many to question its benefits. A bigger question floating around for many parents – Could it be considered an option to help those with mental illness and disorders?
Recently, a conversation came up with a few friends on this very topic. There is much confusion to this plant-based medicinal option. There are two types of CBD. The CBD Oil without THC and CBD oil with the THC.
Some of you may be saying, “I don’t or never did smoke weed so I really don’t know if there is a difference. I don’t even know what THC is.” Continue reading
Moms across this nation are faced with a family in crisis – mainly their teen or young adult. That crisis comes in the form of addiction, mental illness, suicidal tendencies, eating disorders, and many more problematic issues.
Along with those crises, are tsunami size emotions. Moms are especially hit hard with these emotions because it is part of a mother’s make-up of who we are as a woman. God specifically made us that way so that we could connect more intimately with those around us, such as our children.
When we think of “mother” we think of words such as – compassionate, loving, forgiving, kind, and selfless. However, when a mother is confronted with a child in crisis, those descriptions change to a mother who is sad, angry, hurt, worried, and stressed. Combine all of those descriptions and emotions and you have a mother whose is fighting a major battle for her child’s life.
That battle for that mother uses special tools – Counseling, therapy, reading of His Word and PRAYER! It is hard, and tough with a lot of sweat and tears and also some insanity. Continue reading
One of the biggest frustrations parents have is when their teen/young adult child is unwilling to listen to sound wisdom. Even more frustrating is when your child is in crisis and thinks that their wisdom is more sound than yours.
Teens and young adults are wrapped up in their emotions, feelings, and urgency of the circumstances that surround them. This clouds the consequences of their choices and actions. Continue reading
It’s Mother’s Day! Flowers, candy, and a day off from cleaning and cooking. That is what many moms wish for. These are some of the things that a mother enjoys while the day is celebrated. Some families go all out. They give lavish retreats away from home, a day at the spa, or give praise through cards, phone calls, and social media to express their love for “Mom”.
However, being a “mom” of a teen in crisis brings about a very different kind of Mother’s Day. You see, teens who are hurting and struggling have moms who put themselves last on the list of receiving care. We also don’t always experience the benefits or rewards of adulation along with hugs and words of love and thankfulness. Continue reading