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Lesson learned

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Many of you have followed my posts about the current struggles I am facing with my daughter. I also received words of encouragement and prayers which means so much. I had made a decision about 6 weeks ago to stop administrating Risperdone and try managing her behaviors drug free. It has been an issue with her since she was little. We have tried numerous medications over several years. So many that I had to write ...

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Parenting Myself

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM


There are days when I feel like I just don't have anything left to give. I am a giver by nature and I often leave my wants and needs on the back burner so that I may serve others. This is in most part the job of being a mother and care giver. I enjoy what I do and I wouldn't trade what I have for anything but that is not to say I do not have moments of day dreaming that involve pictures of a very different life. When I start to feel run down and at wits end I know I am not the pe...

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The search continues

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 3:55 AM

After my daughter finished with school it was time to find another placement for her. I considered work programs that might match her needs but soon discovered that her abilities are not compatible with such an environment. I did not want her to stay home everyday so I decided to search out day programs.

Most day programs operate from 7-8 hours per day and have a variety of activities to keep everyone busy. My concern for my daughter was her lack of communication skills and the staffs&#...

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