05-27-2016 11:57 AM - edited 05-27-2016 11:59 AM
This week, I took a moment to interview one of the first members of our forums - @olliefinches! We couldn't do this without the help of people like Olliefinches willing to help us get things started! They've done a great job out helping others.
How old are your kids? Can you tell us abit about your family?
05-27-2016 12:06 PM
05-27-2016 10:12 PM
05-27-2016 10:27 PM
Good to hear that your son wants to live a normal life and you are helping him.
Can we have the link for ocd here?
05-30-2016 01:10 PM
Cheers guys - I love getting to know our members.
@readthemanual - while we don't have a page specifcally on OCD, it is in the anxiety family so here's a link to the content on "Anxiety and teenagers"
05-31-2016 04:26 PM
05-31-2016 07:28 PM - last edited on 06-01-2016 10:52 AM by Sophie-RO
Thanks for sharing your story @Ollie-Finches. Loved hearing how your son has a positive attitude about not letting the OCD rule his life and the way you are supporting him.
I would love to hear the strategies you are trying in regards to not "squawking" at your teen yet getting him to make better choices regarding school work and sleep time etc.
06-02-2016 12:32 PM
I am still working on finding the right strategies in regards to my son's school work and bedtimes. If any one has any suggestions I would love to hear them.
Some things I have been trying lately are:
- setting my alarm for midnight to wake me up to make sure he is in bed. All this has achieved is me getting cranky because he isn't in bed.
- waking him up at 9am regardless of what time he goes to bed. This is having an effect.
- son's physchologist has explained to me that it is in the delivery of what I say that will make a difference. I am trying hard to say things calmly yet sternly and this seems to be working.
- throwing the responsibility back on to him by telling him I have tried everything now it is up to him. I am a big softy but I am trying really hard not to do so much for him. Some people think this is easy but for me it is really difficult.
hope this helps someone.
06-02-2016 02:06 PM - edited 06-02-2016 02:07 PM
Sounds like you should keep on with the things that are working @Ollie-Finches.... Like waking him up at 9am, and speaking calmly yet sternly.
Good luck challenging your parenting style to give him more responsibility and do less for him! I can relate, it's hard