The Importance of Teaching My Kids About My Mental Illness

As anyone who’s ever been around me or read any of my writing knows, I am very open about my journey with Bipolar Disorder. Having a mental illness is my reality, and being real about it is the best way I know to reduce stigma, educate others, and live my life the way I want to live it. Due to the highly hereditary nature of mental illnesses, it’s likely that at least one of my four children will inherit some form of it, and I know with every fiber of my being that this is my chance to help them accept themselves for they are completely, mental illness or no. That all starts with me embracing the parts of myself that might make others uncomfortable. In my piece on Momtastic, I discuss the reality and importance of teaching my kids about my mental illness, for their sake and the rest of the world. One of my readers whom I’ve been talking to for awhile now brought to my attention that there is a serious lack of options in books that can be used to explain mental illness to children. I can’t shake that idea now, and I’m seriously considering writing…

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On Making the Kids Sharing a Bedroom and Why You Should Do It, Too

What do you think about kids sharing a bedroom? Hideous torture? Unfair and wrong? Great idea? I’m so excited to be on Momtastic for the very first time with an article about the reasons I’m making my boys share a bedroom and making the girls share a room, and I’m firmly rooted in my beliefs on this… at least at their current ages. I’ve already seen my kids develop skills that I didn’t have at their ages because I never shared a bedroom until college. Read about the reasons I have for insisting that my kids share a bedroom with a sibling. Come over to the Herd Management Facebook Page and let me know what you think! We’re always up for a lively discussion over there.

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Things That All New Drivers Should Know

Attention parents of new drivers! You need to rea this! They’ve been practicing under your watchful eye for a year with their learner’s permit. You’ve carefully instructed them in the rules of the road, sometimes calmly, sometimes while grabbing the door handle for dear life and screaming your head off. The requirements for driver’s education have been fulfilled, and now the moment of truth has come: your teen has passed the road test and been granted her driver’s license. You may think the bulk of teaching is over, but there are a few more things that a new drivers should know to stay safe during the decades of travel they’ll hopefully enjoy throughout their lifetime. Check out the list of skills that I’ve compiled and the important reasons for making sure the new driver in your life has absorbed the important information: Things That All New Drivers Should Know

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