OVERVIEW OF FIFTH CHILD

We can fool ourselves into thinking that we have our lives well planned out. It was that way for me, being a product of the 1950/60’s: I’d go to college, meet my prince, get married, have children and live happily ever after. As much as I thought I knew what to expect, my life was riddled with surprises. But the last was the most unexpected, compelling me to write Fifth Child, a non-fiction book about the anguish and consequences of a drug-addicted child, which resulted in parenting her child almost since birth.

My husband and I are cast into a shockingly large demographic. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon in our country because of our shifting economy, unmarried teen mothers, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. Close to 10 million grandparents comprise the club. We had already raised four children. Jaime was our third child, and Brady is her son, who began calling us Mommy and Daddy when he was three. Readers may be amazed to find calamity overcoming a so seemingly traditional family. But as events and family history unfold, disturbing pitfalls and unfortunate genetic vulnerability reveal fault lines that can sabotage people from any walk of life.

"The Addict's Mom Sharing Without Shame" Video is so important whether addiction has touched your life or not. It's powerful. Please click on the link below to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNZbbePiKg

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

A DIFFERENT KIND OF 12 STEPS

These 12 steps can be for anyone. What a concept! 12 STEPS TO SELF CARE 1. If it feels wrong, don't do it 2. Say "exactly" what you mean 3. Don't be a people pleaser 4. Trust your instincts 5. Never speak baby about yourself 6. Never give up on your dreams 7. Don't be afraid to say "No" 8. Don't be afraid to say "Yes" 9. Be kind to yourself 10.Let go of what you can't control 11.Stay away from drama and negativity 12.LOVE

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