So, today was our seventh appointment with Princess Shaney's counselor. A couple of weeks ago, I had a tough time while we were there. We were getting ready to leave and he & I were talking about Prince Krusher and I was telling him how P.K. had told me he had been feeling depressed but he hadn't been thinking about self harm or suicide. So, asked the counselor about it and asked him what I was doing wrong as a parent that 2 of my kids were struggling with depression. He told me that it wasn't me, that it is chemical. Which I know that, but as a parent you don't look at it that way. When your kids have problems, you feel guilty and try to figure out what you could have done different.
Anyway, today, while Princess Shaney was in working on some things King Counselor came to the waiting area to talk to me. He says; You have the most awesome beautiful girl I have met in a long time. I told him; I know that. Then he says; Then quit being so damn hard on yourself! You have done a great job with her, considering you've done most of it by yourself. She has some issues that we are working through and she is doing great!
You have no idea how good that validation felt. No-one has ever told me I was a good mom, let alone I was doing a great job. I felt so good to hear that.
He also told me that when we go get registered for school, we need to talk to the school counselor about Princess Shaney starting a peer group a couple of days a month. So the kids that are having problems with depression, cutting, etc. have some place they can go and just hang out with other kids that have the same issues. If they want to talk, they have someone to talk to and if they don't want to talk, they can just hang out.
The next thing he told me was, he wouldn't be surprised if she went to college and became a counselor. Because that is what she likes. So, I asked her about that when we got home and she told me; yah I really think that is what I want to do. or be a nurse. That is the first time she has ever said what she wants to do with her life.
It has been a great week! Hope all of you are enjoying your week as much as I am enjoying mine!
Until We Meet Again! Pam
Linking up today with Shell over at Things I can't Say