08-29-2016 01:30 PM
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09-02-2016 04:35 AM
Hi @Sadie and welcome to ReachOut Parents. It can feel overwhelming to be told that our child (at whatever age) has a serious illness. We are an open and supportive bunch, with experience in many areas of helping our teenagers deal with the challenges of this stage of their lives.
For some advice to help with your eldest, try this link on supporting a teenager with depression.
09-02-2016 06:13 AM
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09-05-2016 11:12 PM
Hi my name is Lee!!!
I have a 14year old daughter, a 15 year old foster daughter and a 17 year old nephew who live with me. They are great kids and so far there are way more good times than not so great. Definately challenging at times and constantly need to stop and check what kind of parent I want to be and what am I trying to teach them...argghhh!!!
I keep a close eye on my stress levels now as this can trigger anxiety in me. I enjoy all happy moments with gratitude and if I feel stress levels increasing then I take myself to a quiet place or do something that relaxs me (movie;shower and pamper time;meal out; reading).
A facebook topic led me to this place and I am open to giving and receiving knowledge on hard topics.
Tips for parents with teenagers?? A sense of humor; faith that you have probably already taught them the things they need to know and patience when having to repeat things a million times!!! Remember they are just teenagers and not adults yet so they are going to make STACKS of mistakes even though they think they have all the answers!!!
I love the weekends - the kids always have someone coming over or we go do things together. Lots of laughs and somehow the jobs get done...most of the time!!
Looking forward to having discussions.
Bye for now : )
09-05-2016 11:19 PM - edited 09-05-2016 11:27 PM
Hey there @waldo_pepper,
Good reading your comments and I am not the only one to have shared some of the awful experiences with self harm. with my kids. Its been a really tough road but I agree that unconditional love and understanding and listening to them has really helped. Good parents rock so you and I are not alone!!!