I hope you’re all having a wonderful week and that you’re enjoying the process of getting ready for Thanksgiving. We seem to be always be a day late and a dollar short around here, but I’m sure that a day or two before Thanksgiving we’ll finally be getting our turkeys in a row. Or pigs; I’m more of a ham person.
Anyway, I got a pretty decent response to my last blog post about my ODD baby girl, Princess Sassypants. It seems I am not alone in this department! Several of you commented & messaged me on Facebook, sent me a text, &/or commented the blog so for that I thank you! I knew I wasn’t the only parent in the world struggling with this, but it’s nice to finally not feel like I am.
A lot of you asked for advice, which I’m happy to give (& receive) but I just want you to know right out of the gate that I do not, nor will I ever, claim to be an expert in this department. I am happy to share my personal experience, but we’re still learning and adapting as we go here. Proper diagnosis & other techniques that might work better for your child’s specific needs are best discussed with a counselor who specializes in working with children who have these types of difficulties. I can all but guarantee you a counselor is going to be the most effective resource for you and your child/family.
However, if for whatever reason, you can’t or choose not to seek the expertise of a counselor right now I would like to officially recommend this book to everyone who has a strong-willed child. It’s called “You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded)” and it’s written by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias. You can get it from Amazon, the GooglePlay store or the Apple App Store. I promise I’m not getting paid to tell you that, but it would be super cool if I was. 😉 Even if your child hasn’t been diagnosed with ODD, if some of the things I’ve written about resonate with you I really think this book could help you. I also really enjoy the Love Dare for Parents. Even if you’re not particularly into Christianity (or religion in general) it is incredibly insightful & will give you tips and ideas for how to love, encourage, and support your child.
Aside from that I just wanted to let you know that over the next several days, maybe weeks, I’m going to be sharing some valuable tips I’ve learned just from dealing with my daughter so if that’s something you’re interested in stick around. Subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already so you can get updates when I post them. There should be a little “follow” or “subscribe” button somewhere at the top of your screen depending on what you’re using to view the page (some platforms move those buttons to the bottom). If you’re feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, tired, like you’re a failure, or completely at your wit’s end then please know that I’ve been where you are (and sometimes I still am). Things become more manageable once you educate yourself & start putting what you learn into practice. I think we can help each other (trust me, some days I’m going to be asking you for advice)! Don’t give up! 🙂
Here’s to keeping your kid(s) alive for one more day:
Until next time…