I am a 29 year old mom of 3 kids. We live in sunny Southern California in a cozy little townhouse. I am a stay at home mom. My partner has a good reliable job that he enjoys and is passionate about. I drive a minivan. We love taking trips to the mountains in the winter and we frequent the beach in the summer. Sounds like the picture perfect family, right? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret………
My life is a little crazy because I’m a little crazy.
I have Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. And shit does that make this whole parenting thing SO MUCH FREAKING HARDER!
I have struggled with mental illness since I was in middle school, but wasn’t formally diagnosed until I was 18. Since being diagnosed I have tried several different ways of managing my mental illness. I have gone to Psychologists and been prescribed mood stabilizers and anti depressants. I have had in-patient treatment and out-patient treatment with therapists and doctors, and I have been medication free. It is ALWAYS a struggle. No matter what. Every day is a new challenge for me.
Parenting is hard, but parenting with a mental illness is even harder. I’m here to talk about life; MY LIFE as a parent with a mental illness. My daily struggles, my realizations, my fears and hopes, my medication management, my journey to minimalism, our homeschooling journey; I am going to share it all with you