Whether they are twice-exceptional, gifted and quirky, or just odd, you know you have a complex kid when the teachers, doctors, and other parents in your life don’t seem to understand your kid and the standard parenting advice or processes aren’t helping you and your family thrive.
Welcome to the tribe. Kate Arms and Jen Merrill are committed to supporting parents who are raising bright kids who struggle. We’ve been there, done that, are still in the middle of it, and we want you to know that you are not alone. And you are not a bad parent for feeling exhausted, frustrated, or overwhelmed.
Complex kids are hard to parent.
That’s not an excuse or a rationalization. It’s the truth.
When our kids have medical, physical, emotional, and behavioural challenges, we want to do everything we can to get our kids on track to becoming the best adults they can be. It is hard to focus on loving, fun connections with our kids we know they are struggling, especially when we can see they are bright. When we are sure they would do well in school if we could solve their other challenges for them, we get frustrated.
Without a support system and tools for self-care, parents burn out. Which is why Jen and Kate have made it their mission to support parents of challenging kids.
Whether your kids are formally diagnosed or not, you are in the right place if you know your kids are bright and there is something that is making it hard for them to make the most of it.
You have probably noticed that much the standard advice on self-care takes time and money that are scarce or unpredictable. When kids have meltdowns, you can’t take a week at the beach to recover. You need tools that you can use quickly, in the heat of the moment, anywhere. You need custom solutions that fit in your life, with your kid(s) and your personality traits. In our Self-Care for Parents of Complex Kids program, we help you develop a manageable tool kit of resources that work for you. And we do it in a supportive environment of other people who are struggling with similar challenges.