Easy to Love but Hard to Raise by Adrienne Bashista
Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories

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If there's anything the 32 parent-writers and 15 experts of Easy to Love but Hard to Raise want you to know, it's this:


We've been there. We've done that. We've navigated the system. Some of us succeeded. Some failed. We've been judged by friends, teachers, family, & strangers. We've gotten the phone calls & the looks. We've done things we never thought we'd do, good & bad. We've been up nights, cried in our pillows, and screamed in frustration. We've doubted ourselves, our children, & our partners. We've had to educate everyone, including our children's doctors. We are parents of children with alphabet soup diagnoses, invisible special needs, behavioral problems.

Our children are easy to love, but oh, so hard to raise.

Easy to Love but Hard to Raise is an anthology of personal essays written by parents of children with ADD, ADHD, OCD, PDD, ASDs, SPD, PBD and/or other alphabet soup diagnoses that takes the already difficult job of parenting and adds to the challenge.

These essays focus on honest feelings, lessons learned, epiphanies, commonplace and extraordinary experiences. They are written by parents of toddlers, young children, teens, and adult children; those who are in the parenting trenches now, and those looking back on their parenting experiences. Topics include : how children came to be diagnosed, the experience of dealing with problem behaviors in various contexts and settings, experiences with/feelings about treatment (therapies, medications, alternative treatments), school (and other advocacy) experiences, children's social interactions/friends, and the effect of parenting a difficult child on a parent's emotional and physical health, marriage, and other relationships.

About Adrienne Bashista

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Kay Marner is a freelance writer and editor. She's a frequent contributor to ADDitude magazine, the number one publication on Attention Deficit Disorder, and is ADDitudeMag.com's ADHD Parenting Blogger. Her blog, “My Picture Perfect Family,” documents life with her daughter, Natalie, who has ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and developmental delays. Marner is the author of one picture book, Dog Tales: The Adventures of Smyles. Other publication credits include two chapters in the American Library Association book Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook, and dozens of book reviews and author interviews for Adoptive Families magazine. She a member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, and is a professional member of CHADD.Adrienne Ehlert Bashista is the owner of DRT Press and author of 2 picture books about adoption, as well as many articles, stories, and book reviews in print and on the web. She contributes to three blogs: A Mom's View of ADHD, Easy to Love but Hard to Raise, and A Square Peg, A Round Hole, a blog about homeschooling her two boys, one academically gifted, the other with prenatal exposure to alcohol. She has a personal website at adriennebashista.net, which is largely about school visits connected with her children's books.
Published January 18, 2012 by DRT Press. 345 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships.

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