10-12-2018 12:35 PM
Hi @ConcernedMomof1 - yes this is definitely still up and running!
There are lots of more recent posts, but it could be that there are old ones linked from the main website, or other places?
If you want to introduce yourself more here feel free, or if you want to access more support around a particular issue you can post over here.
10-12-2018 01:17 PM
10-12-2018 02:34 PM
@ConcernedMomof1 Thank you for joining the forum, and sharing with us a bit about your family.
It sounds like you have a lovely relationship with your 17 yo! But that must be really difficult to hear second hand about his self-esteem.. I can see you've posted in another thread too, so I'll jump over there to respond further.
be assured you've found yourself at a supportive and insightful community of parents who are always keen to encourage each other and share experiences .
10-14-2018 04:44 PM
10-14-2018 05:31 PM
Hi @StanMan it is very tricky being a parent especially when it comes to setting boundaries however it is important to implement some rules around screen time. It can be helpful to reward good behaviour with screen time.
It sounds like you are trying to find a balance and worry about being to strict on your children, it may be helpful to sit down with both your children and discuss some boundaries which are fair although still ensure there are restrictions in place.
I wish you all the best with everything.
10-18-2018 12:55 AM
10-18-2018 02:24 PM
Hi ther @RobGaP!
So glad you've joined our online community - That's awesome that you saw us over at the Broken Heel festival
We believe strongly in supporting young LGBTI people, and promote full inclusion and celebration of sexual diversity! Congrats on your 25 year relationship and marriage!! That's awesome to hear.
If you're interested in other ways to be involved check out our page here for more opportunities.
Lovely to hear from you
10-24-2018 02:17 PM - edited 10-25-2018 06:07 AM
I hope to learn from all of you (and hopefully offer support along the way as well) and I am already grateful that such a space exists.
We have two daughters, 15 and 11, and a son 9.
Life is such that there is not as much laughter as I would like/need. But, this question is important. My younger daughter made me laugh recently because she desperately wants a cat, and put together the most elaborate presentation for us, with more research than I have ever seen her produce for a school assignment. My older child...I overheard her laughing and joking with a girl at her school. I'm deeply worried about her, and her laughter--when we do get to hear it--is precious.
I came here to this forum because I am scared. Our older daughter's life has spiralled this past year, and I am scared for her. I feel like I have failed.
Parenting advice to ignore? I don't know. Right now I don't feel like I have the wisdom to tell anyone what is valuable advice or disposable advice.
Plans for the school holidays? I am not in Australia (East Coast North America) and it feels like our school year has just started. We are getting through week by week here so I hope that our next school break will see our family together and, fingers crossed, breathing easier.
Thank you for asking these questions. I look forward to 'meeting' you all.
Also, where is the best place to post my family's story (or at least this current chapter of our story).
10-24-2018 02:52 PM
Welcome to ReachOut! Thank you for introducing yourself and your family to our community! We hope you find this is a really supportive place where you can talk to other parents going through similar experiences.
It sounds like your daughter has been struggling and I can hear how much love and concern you have for her We would really like to learn more about you and your daughter's experiences too. If you want to share a bit more with us, you are welcome to start a topic here and tell us a bit more about what is happening.
It's not easy to come online and talk about what is happening in your family, and I want to acknowledge that courage. We look forward to seeing you on the forums and getting to know you better