08-18-2022 09:36 PM
08-19-2022 12:31 PM
Welcome to our online community forums!
I’m really sorry to hear that you and your children have been experiencing this, it must be really distressing to know that this is happening to your daughter and it sounds like it has been a really difficult time for both you and your daughter.
Thank you for sharing your story with us, I understand how difficult this must be for you and it takes a lot of strength to reach out to us, it really shows how much you love your children and they are all very lucky to have you!
It’s great to know that you have contacted DHS, given the situation it was very appropriate and shows how much you care about your children.
I was wondering if your daughter has access to any professional support from a GP or a mental health professional? Or if this is something you would be able to provide her with access to? There are also some really good online services that could offer some support like headspace.
Have you considered contacting the school to explore how they can support you and your daughter with what is happening to her as well?
I also wanted to ask you weather you had any support for yourself or would consider seeking some professional support?
Also, we have sent you an email so could you please keep an eye out for that.
08-19-2022 01:18 PM
08-26-2022 03:20 AM
I’m so glad I found this forum, been feeling really alone.
We have 2 excellent daughters, 16 and 17. They make us laugh all the time!
I try and keep the stress down by reminding myself that these challenges won’t last, and by singing and moving my body.
I found ReachOut Parents through some desperate Googling.
Top Tip- find something to connect with your kiddo- anything! And start important conversations in the car.
Weekends- reconnecting with the fam, getting to take them where they need to be, as a full time worker I don’t often have the time during the week.
I’m hoping to find some support/advice about our 16 yr old, who is finding it challenging to get to school at all. Big plans for the future, but not much follow thru. We’ve tried everything- taking off any pressure, incentives, ( I know….) seeing a psychologist and medication for anxiety ( still happening, not sure how much it’s helping) the whole 9 yards, Nothing seems to work, and as teachers we find it doubly frustrating. The daily check in to see if school is happening today, then tying to stay positive when it doesn’t - it’s exhausting!
Thanks for having me in the village! 🙏🏼😀
08-26-2022 12:54 PM - edited 08-26-2022 01:03 PM
Welcome! We are so glad that you have found your way to the forums, it’s great to have you here.
Thank you so much for sharing a bit about your two daughters and your situation at the moment. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out - it can take a lot of courage
I am really sorry to hear that your daughter is facing some challenges with getting to school. May I ask if you have had a chance to speak with your daughter about what it is about school that is making it hard for her to go?
While it sounds like you have tried lots of things already, I thought I'd suggest some articles that might help you find some things you might not have thought of yet. You can have a read of one about school refusal here, and another one about problems at school here.
I thought it might also be worth mentioning that ReachOut offers free one-on-one support with an experienced professional for parents looking to support their child through a tough time. You can find more information on this service here if you’re interested.
I really like your approach of keeping the stress down by singing and moving your body, and I think you’re totally right, these challenges won’t last forever. You have done such an awesome job already reaching out for support. Your daughters are really lucky to have a caring parent like you.
I am also mindful of how tough it can be to support someone else going through a tough time. I was wondering if you have any support for yourself? Anyone you can talk to about this?
Thanks again for sharing with us, we are here to support you
09-12-2022 12:40 PM
My kids are 13, 12 and 10, i have boy, girl, boy.
They are all diagnosed with ASD/ADHD and it's a challenge every day, i love them all so much but sometimes i get so upset that i don't have *neurotypical kids* I've always wanted a big family but had to stop at 3 because it's just not mentally possible for myself or husband to have any more kids.
I found this forum today because I'm having an extremely hard day coming to terms with the fact that my youngest is now double digits I feel like I've lost a bit of myself and i don't like feeling this way.
I know this doesn't answer all those questions but i don't really have answers for them, im always stressed, hubby and i have not had a night alone in over 13 years and my mental health sucks.
09-12-2022 05:11 PM
Welcome to ReachOut's Parents and Carer forums!
Thank you for sharing this with us, I'm sorry to hear that you are having a bad day but I'm really glad that you have found our online forums.
It must be very challenging for you to have three neurodivergent children and it is completely understandable that you’re feeling this way. I can tell how much you love your children and they are all very lucky to have you.
I was wondering whether you and your family were receiving any support at the moment?
I know you mentioned that you have been very stressed and that you've been having difficulties with your mental health and was wondering whether you’ve ever spoken to a GP or mental health professional about this? It is important that you are also receiving support!
09-23-2022 08:18 PM
Hi @millergh and welcome to the Parents Forum!
I'm hoping that you will be able to find the support you need from our community.
Would you like to tell us a bit more about the concerns you are currently having?
09-26-2022 04:34 AM
It looks like you’re visiting us from a country other than Australia.
We are an Australian service and think you’d benefit more from looking up a similar service in your country.
You are welcome to look around the forums, but please don’t make an account or post, as we can’t offer you the help you may need.
Before you go ahead and post, you should know that we remove non-Australian accounts – not because we don’t want to help or connect with you, but because we may not be able to provide you with the service that you require.