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When Things Just Don’t Make Sense: Explaining Tragic Events to Children

By Foster W. Cline, M.D. Being a psychiatrist, I have had several people ask me how to explain the Connecticut killings and how to talk about it with their children (which follows). We are at a loss to explain these killings simply because we somehow believe things have to "make sense." This is, I'm sad to say, egocentric thinking. We would not be asking this question if it was a cougar that suddenly got into a classroom and started killing kids. We'd say, "Well, of course, cougars kill … [Read More...]

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The Unexpected Road to Unexpected Blessings

There is no way to prepare yourself for hearing the words: “I am sorry but your child has cystic fibrosis.” In our case, we had never heard of CF; no family history, no warning, no reason to suspect anything was wrong. Until we had an ultrasound two weeks before my due date and our ob-gyn […]

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Give Your Child’s 504 Plan a Checkup

By Lisa C. Greene It’s that time again! It’s only three weeks into summer break and I am already thinking ahead about the next school year. I need to plan ahead because both of my children, now teenagers, have special medical needs. In many ways it was easier when they were in elementary school. There […]

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Believing in New Possibilities for the Future

By Lisa C. Greene Today, my daughter said a phrase she uses a lot: “When I’m a doctor someday…” and for the first time, ever, my heart didn’t falter at wondering if she ever would be. Today, for the first time, I have a realistic hope for my children’s futures as doctors, engineers, parents and […]

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Finally Daring to Dream

by Lisa C. Greene What is it like to experience that moment of hope realized? When, after holding your breath for what seems like years, your dreams come true? Today, Vertex announced that they had good results with a medication that may possibly save both of my children’s lives and, at the very least, give […]

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Panic or Anticipation: Are You Enjoying the Summer?

Want to be a happy mama and papa? Want to know the key to having a great summer with your kids? Raise children who are creative. Of course, creativity has to be combined with self-discipline. If you have a creative child who has no self-discipline, then you have raised “the child from hell.” After all, […]

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Part 1 of 2: Caring, Connecting and Compassion: The Do’s and Don’ts for Giving and Receiving Support During Hard Times

A mom shares her frustration:  “I’m exhausted, overwhelmed, and wiped out. My friends try to help but they just don’t understand. When I talk about my child’s illness, it makes them uncomfortable. Then I feel bad for burdening them. I feel so alone.” What is support? Support can mean different things to different people. Certain aspects of our […]

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Part 2 of 2: Caring, Connecting and Compassion: Do’s and Don’ts for Giving and Receiving Support During Hard Times

In our last blog of this two part series, we looked at what support is and isn’t. Here are the do’s and don’ts for giving and receiving support. Tips for giving support: Before giving support, ask if the other person wants it. “Do you feel like talking about this now?” Of course if they say […]

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How Do I Get Off This Ride?! Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster of Your Child’s Diagnosis

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Is Your Teen Giving Up? How to Empower Hope in Teens- Part 1 of 4

I talked with a dad who is concerned about his fifteen-year-old daughter. He is afraid that she is giving up. She has cystic fibrosis (CF) and it’s taking a toll on her mentally and emotionally. She’s been hospitalized a lot and is not doing well at school. He feels like she’s just waiting to die […]

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Is Your Teen Giving Up? How to Empower Hope in Teens- Part 2 of 4

In part 1 of 4, we talked about getting your teen evaluted for depression and being purposeful about finding joy, meaning and connection. This week, we add two more tips for empowering your teen to be hopeful: ● Does your teen have a vision for his or her life? Sometimes when kids have a serious […]