My 18 yo daughter has been very stressed to the point of being suicidal this month. My 15 yo son (birthday this weekend) just told me he thinks he's trans. I don't really have a problem with it, but I know that there is going to be a lot of stress/turmoil because of it. I just feel like I'm at the end of my capabilities to function as a parent. I haven't been on here much, but I need to talk somewhere.
@UK_Zoe I’m so sorry!
A dear friend and fellow #liturgist has moved to #chicago specifically Park Ridge area. Knowing only a couple of people in the area and being fiercely independent is resulting in them dealing with some loneliness. Any suggestions on places to go things to do or must sees in this area on a missionary’s budget that would get her out of her apartment and engaging with others?
@JosiahRA Usually I have to recognize in myself why my fuse is short - yesterday I was sore from karate and tired. I acknowledged it, apologized, and tried to move on. Physical touch is usually really helpful for us too.
@Laura_I it is a lot, but I'm working on absorbing. Here's my most pressing question right now - I've never discussed with her my thoughts that she may have ASD (I don't even know if that's the right way to phrase it!). How and when should I talk about it with her?
@Ricci I think she would benefit from taking some time off or having taken a "gap year" - but her 1 tendencies would make her feel like a failure at this point. I think for now we are better off helping her where she is.
@Ricci I like it though. It's something I might try to incorporate with her. Her roommate situation is a little funky this year, so I'm not sure where she could post it for herself. But next year will be better.
@mike That surprises me!
Does anyone have any resources - books/websites/etc. to help me explore how to help a college aged ASD child? We've never had her diagnosed, but sometimes looking at things through that lens has helped me. Would love a cross between enneagram and ASD - but I'm guessing I'm out of luck there! Hard to find even a book on parenting with the enneagram much less adding in ASD. Any suggestions?
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