I am a mom of two boys, ages 16 and 22, both with ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression. I have remarried and my husband has 2 boys, ages 13 and 16. The 13 year old lives with us, and has some behavioral problems and attachment issues. There is always something happening at our house!

When Your Child Says, “Mom, I Started Smoking.”

By Emmie

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We all measure our abilities as parents. We measure ourselves against our friends’ kids and even strangers’ kids. We don’t talk about it, but we all do it. My boys are not perfect. My oldest son had emotional/behavioral issues and could not succeed in a comprehensive public school program. He never had a Bar Mitzvah... Read more »

Difficult Times: My Son’s Bipolar Diagnosis

By Emmie


I have always held onto the belief that things happen for a reason. Many years ago, I went through a horrible time in my life that lasted six months. I had filed for divorce, was told by my landlord that I had 60 days to find a new home because he was selling all of... Read more »

When to Have “The Talk” with Your Kids

By Emmie

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How do you know when it is the right time to have THE TALK? There were clear signs that it was time with my older boys. It just so happened that each of them was in the 5th grade when the time suddenly arrived. This was well before the ‘end of the year movie’ the... Read more »

When You Have a Child Who Steals

By Emmie


We have a child who steals. My stepson has been stealing since he was 4 or 5 years old. This is not a simple case of “all kids steal at one point or another.” He started with toys and cell phones. When he was younger and his older brothers had Gameboys, he wanted them, too.... Read more »

One Mom’s Journey: The Internet = My Support Group

By Emmie


Are you looking to find support online? The Internet has been my saving grace time and time again.The first thing I ask is HOW people want to get their support. Maybe you're good with reading on the Internet and have found articles here on EmpoweringParents.com and elsewhere to help you in your journey as a... Read more »

Organizing ADHD Kids: Notebook Nightmares!

By Emmie


I do not think outside the box -- I am a rule follower. I would have been mortified if I did not have my homework ready to hand in when I was a kid. This is why having ADHD children has been such a challenge for me. It would not have been so bad had... Read more »

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