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I have an 11 yr old son with ADHD and bipolar who lives with his father. I am a single parent trying to care for him along with my two other kids and I am having trouble doing it by myself.  I cant depend on my ex huband for help. I am in counseling to try to help me be a better parent but need additional help.

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I know how you feel.  You’re in the right place here.  Do you go to church?  Sometimes they have good resources to help you.  Do you also go to counseling to help yourself?  I mean not just for parenting, but taking caring of you so you don’t get burned out?

Posted by Liz A on Jul 15, 2014 at 3:51am

Is your son in any therapy or on any medications? they can both be very helpful. Do you have anyone that can watch the kids while you step away and collect yourself at those hard moments?

Posted by mothergonecrazy32 on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:16am

Look for organizations in your community that offer services and support for special needs kids. Here in NC, we have a couple: First in Families and Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center. They offer training and parent coaching, but also respite and more structured support.

Can you hire a part-time nanny with some experience in special needs—or even a college student studying special education or psychology? Having someone just a few hours a week to lend a hand can provide quite a relief.

There are many strategies you can implement in your home to help raise a child with ADHD when you’re a single parent too (http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/3267.html), one strategy is to create household structure and routine (http://www.additudemag.com/RCLP/sub/9143.html).

Let yourself off the hook—you are doing the best you can—no parent is perfect. Then, reach out to your community for help.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 15, 2014 at 3:42pm

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