The Whipped Parent
"Mom! I Caught a Bad Case of Brattiness from Johnny!"
As parents, we often worry so much about whether or not our kids are succeeding. That’s supposed to be our job, right? Well, not really. As parents, our job is to really to prepare our children for life in the Real World. Their successes, their failures, their ups and their downs, good times and bad…belong to them. Each of us has our own journey. Yours is different than mine. Your child’s is different than yours…and that’s okay. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the destination or the end result, we forget that the point of life is really the journey.
Holidays with an oppositional or defiant child can be a difficult time. Joyous Christmas carols, greeting cards and those annual holiday letters from friends and relatives don't always feel so joyous with an O.D.D. child in your home. There are lots of articles out there on how to cope with holiday stress that are quite useful and please see our recent article at EmpoweringParents.com, “The Naughty List: Dealing With Acting-Out Kids At the Holiday.” But in the meantime, here’s a little Xmas humor from one parent of an ODD kid to another…something to lighten up the mood and let you know, we understand that sometimes it's like living with the Grinch: