Parenting Chaos: Practical Support and Encouragement for Parents of Explosive Children is my third book. It was, by far, the hardest to publish. The truth is, I needed this book. I needed it as much, if not more, than most of the parents who will read it.
The last couple of months have brought more meltdowns and explosive behavior than I have really been able to share here.
My boys are older.
It looks different. It feels different. It hurts more.
Over and over again, I have found myself going back to my old posts about meltdowns and explosive behavior. I re-read The Explosive Child, again. All of this in an effort to remember what I used to know, back when meltdowns happened every day and I was better at handling them.
It was, by far, the most difficult to publish.
The truth is, I needed this book. I needed it as much, if not more, than most of the parents who will read it.
This collection of everything I have ever written about dealing with aggressive, destructive, explosive behaviors (plus some never before published content) is as much for me as it is for anyone else.
I wanted something I could grab while hiding in the bathroom or crying in the car. I wanted something that could give me information quickly, when I need it most. I wanted a reminder that I can do this and that I am not alone.
Parenting Chaos: Practical Support And Encouragement For Parents Of Explosive Children
This labor of love and, if I am honest, desperation, explores the reasons our children meltdown and most importantly, how best to help them. I am as painfully open as possible, while still respecting and protecting the privacy of my sweet boys.
For almost 14 years now, I have been trying to figure out how to react, how to respond, how to discipline, how to show compassion, and how to have boundaries around my children’s behavioral challenges. This book is a journey through all of it – the successes, the total failures, the tears, the strategies, and more than anything else, the desire to help my children feel a sense of relief when it feels like there’s none.
Please, join me.