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Instructions Included. / The Good

“If everything else fails, read the instructions.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Sometimes instructions aren’t a good thing. For example, if you are purchasing a lovely piece of furniture, do you really want it to come with instructions? This means that when you get it home you will need to unpack the box, find the instructions, and hope against hope that you can follow them. Usually it all works out…and a mere three hours later you will have your lovely new bookcase.

Of course, by this time you have become so grumpy that your significant other has decided that she doesn’t really want to move in with you after all. Or, at least, delay it for a while. And, oh, perhaps she has learned that not all men are as handy around the house as her daddy is.

Yes, sometimes it’s a bad sign when things come with instructions.

An Inspirational Tale for Parents of Children Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder / The Good Journey

A picture of Liane

self portrait – charcoal

There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

         –  Edith Wharton

 

The day after my daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I went into her bedroom to see if she was awake yet. I sat down on her bed and she sleepily said, “Is everything okay? You look like someone has died.”

My daughter didn’t understand the impact of her diagnosis. And evidently, neither did I.

It is difficult for me to imagine, the pure hell my daughter was going through living with un-diagnosed and untreated bipolar disorder. I will leave that part of the story for her to tell. I could never tell it correctly.

However, I can help by telling my experiences as the mother of a child diagnosed with having bipolar disorder. Parents of newly-diagnosed children need to hear encouraging words. I sure wish I had.

The Early Adventures of Mama Bear / The Bad Group Question

Mama bear and baby bear

The original mama bear.   – Mama Bear

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.

   – Tenneva Jordan

Our daughter is now 27.  Only over recent years she has begun to refer to me as “Mama Bear.” I take this as quite the compliment. Unlike a “Helicopter Mom” who unnecessarily hovers over her child, a Mama Bear is a fierce protector. Liane calling me this now is more a mature recognition of how I was a strong advocate for her early on, when she first struggled with Bipolar Disorder, and even now, at times – but only when my help is requested.

I have always believed that a parent needs to be the strongest advocate for his or her child. After all, if you are not, who will be? Every child needs a fierce advocate, and it is particularly true if your child is struggling with a mental illness.

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