Harriet White McCarthy
to Avoid the Syndrome of Parent Burn-Out
Burn-Out is a legitimate and very real concern for those who have children
with any kind of challenging issues. Frequently, parents of children
with special challenges will complain that they feel trapped, disappointed,
over-committed, and increasingly unable to cope.
Harriet McCarthy, the mother
of 3 internationally adopted children, is a free-lance writer whose
primary interest is the challenging issues of post-institutionalized
children. Over the past ten years she has been involved with support
groups for parents of Eastern European adopted children and children
with learning differences. She has managed the Eastern European Adoption
Coalition's PEP-List (Parent Education and Preparedness) since its inception
in 1998 and is a current EEAC Board Member. In 2003, she received the
Congressional Angels in Adoption award.
In her article Harriet gives very
practical advice and how to avoid the debilitating burn-out that can
come with parenting children with challenges:
- Acknowledge the difficulty of
the job youre doing. Make sure your expectations of yourself
are realistic and constructive.
- Rid yourself of counter-productive
expectations about your children.
- Find ways to have some alone
time and make an effort to keep yourself renewed and nurtured.
- Re-assess your family priorities.
Devote some extra effort to your partner in life.
- Reach out for help and support.
- Keep things in perspective but
most of all keep it real!
Dr. D.S. MerchantSchizophrenia
and Social SupportLooking at my patient
scenario I feel she had multiple factors which led her to mental illness;
these were poverty, lack of parental attention in childhood and teenage,
unavailability of supportive person, loss of husband, suppression of
own feelings due to role transition, and social stigma.
to Regulate Your Childs TV Watching
is no longer considered a means of entertainment only; indeed, it can
be informative, educational and uplifting. Nevertheless, there is no
denying the fact that most of what is shown on TV is pure nonsense,
if not cheap and obscene. As parents, your concern about what your child
watches is justified because most of the time it portrays behavior that
is quite unacceptable in most social circles, and presents it as normal,
or even desirable behavior.
Dr. Noel Swanson
to Deal with Your Child Being Kicked Out of School
British have increased their media and news coverage regarding misbehaving
children in school in recent days. The topic usually ends with a solution
that centers around removing troublemakers from the traditional classroom