Because sometimes parenting, especially with trauma, is complicated.
“We have been fooling ourselves thinking that things have gotten incrementally better over time. The data says otherwise. It says that beyond year one things have remained the same for three years. No matter what subsequent medication change or modality of therapy, Carl has been the same every Spring. He is physically violent and verbally abusive in the exact same way every year.
Now I stand in Carl’s room with my anger- lava finally flowing from my mouth. The veneer of my face has finally cracked.
“Enough!” I yell back at him. Yelling back is never wise. It doesn’t help anything.”
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