Our family has been through the hell of parenting a child with OCD, not once, but twice.
Both of our boys have suffered from this debilitating mental illness and I hope that in telling our story we can offer some encouragement to other parents in the trenches.
I’m sharing a little about our journey homeschooling a child with OCD with the interwebs today. If you found this blog from that post-welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.
I’ve wanted to write about the struggles we’ve been through, but privacy and kids, fear, doubt, and all the things that keep me from writing have gotten in the way. We’ve been through the worst (I hope!) and I’m finally able to catch my breath. Exhaling here in this little space of mine feels good today, so we’ll see how it goes.
Parenting A Child With OCD
Parenting a child with OCD has been beyond difficult. If you’re currently struggling, you understand how there are no words to describe the torture your child and family are enduring. If you get nothing else from this post other than knowing there is someone who understands what you’re going through, I’ll be glad I hit publish.
What OCD is NOT
It’s not cute quirks or overly organized closets.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a serious mental illness.
Unfortunately, we have a long way to go when it comes to understanding mental illness, and after walking this path with my boys, I think it’s safe to say we have an even longer way to go when it comes to understanding mental illness in children.
OCD in kids
There are an estimated 500,000 kids with OCD in the United States. OCD typically shows up in children between the ages of 9-10 years old. This was the case for both of my boys. My kids are 6 years apart, so once we tackled treatment for one child, we got hit with OCD again in our youngest son. It has been hard! Our family has been through some really dark days because of OCD.
But? There is hope!
I’m happy to report we are on the upswing. Our oldest is now an adult, full-time college student, and doing amazing. Our youngest, 13 years old, is finally out of the woods and able to focus on life again. Praise God!
I repeat. There is hope!
Today, I just want you to know you’re not alone. More specifically, if you are a homeschooling parent, know that homeschooling through hard times is possible! I’ll be sharing more about our family’s journey homeschooling a child with OCD, so come back. Find me on social media, and know you found a place where somebody gets it!
Are you homeschooling a child with OCD?
Read my post at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers! There are a few things I want you to know.
In the meantime, if you are looking for answers and trying to navigate parenting a child with OCD these are excellent books to add to your TBR list.
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Book Recommendations for Parenting a Child With OCD
This is a great workbook to help your kids understand OCD. It’s written to the child and can be completed independently or with a parent or therapist. This book is geared toward ages 8-12, grades 3-6th. It really helps put OCD into understandable terms and offers simple tools for fighting back.
Anything by Tamar Chansky should be on your reading list if you’re parenting a child with OCD. Her books are so insightful and probably my favorite of all of the books on parenting a child with OCD that I’ve read. And I’ve read a lot!
This one is a bit overwhelming but I used it as a reference guide of sorts. It’s definitely not for kids and some of the obsessions covered may not be a fit, but there are some really helpful resources included in the workbook that can’t be missed. It’s a bit like reading a medical journal, so pick and choose your chapters if you’re like me and don’t want to get discouraged or overwhelmed by too much information.
This is specific to dealing with the dynamics of OCD in a family member. It is excellent! OCD takes a toll on everyone in the home. This book offers advice and strategies for family members who are suffering as a result of living with someone with OCD. Great for siblings!
This is another workbook type book. It’s great for teens! It’s actually perfect for doing together if you have a willing teen.
So, so good!! Sally Clarkson’s personal and loving story about parenting her son with OCD. Although she writes about OCD, this is an excellent read for parents of a child with any special needs.
Would you like to read more about our journey parenting and homeschooling a child with OCD?
You’re not alone, moms and dads!