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Sharing our Struggles with our Kids – and learning to ride the waves together

Sharing our Struggles with our Kids – and learning to ride the waves together

“Ride the waves.”  My counselor gave me this piece of advice a few months ago in a session. I sat there and pondered this, wanting immediately to ask her what exactly she meant, but I stopped myself when I realized that I would need to figure it out for myself. And I knew, as someone with illnesses that have symptoms that come in waves, sometimes they don’t just go away with a wish or a pill… sometimes I just need…

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Homeschooling & Mental Illness: From a Mom with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety

Homeschooling & Mental Illness: From a Mom with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety

I have bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. And yes, I am a mom. And yes, I homeschool my kids. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, visit our policies page. In addition, I am not a doctor or mental health professional. The following is simply advice from my own personal experience, and is not intended to be taken as professional advice.  Can I Homeschool My Kids?? When I first caught the “homeschool bug”, I delved deep into research, reading books, blogs, and…

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The Choice of Gratitude in Difficult Times

The Choice of Gratitude in Difficult Times

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, visit our policies page. This week, I am 35 weeks pregnant with Ben and I’s third child. This also happens to be my sixth pregnancy. I try not to let the fear and remembrance of the losses we’ve endured impact these last few weeks of what will likely be our very last pregnancy, but I admit, it has been extremely difficult. I also try not to let the fact bother me that we have…

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Our Homeschooling Story – and How It Saved Our Family

Our Homeschooling Story – and How It Saved Our Family

On a recent visit with my psychiatrist, in the course of asking how I was doing, she asked, rather seriously, if I had considered putting my children in public school when I have our third baby this fall. I stared at her, taken aback. “No…?” She quickly explained how she believed it would be easier on me, how it could lift a load of stress off of our family. Regaining my composure, I explained how it would be exactly the opposite,…

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