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Parent Gratitude Musing

What is your parenting style?  Does the Mental Health Humor Cartoon above about *Parent Effectiveness Training sound familiar? You get caught playing with a lighter or matches as a kid, then you get a “lecture WHY  you don’t play with fire.”

Note UPDATE October 13, 2018: While Parent Effectiveness Training is mentioned in the Mental Health Humor cartoon, the cartoon is not about Dr. Thomas Gordon’s, Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.).  No, rather it is just a play on words showing the ineffectiveness of some parents (my father’s) parenting skills.

My father would always threaten to talk to me!

Being a parent is tough enough but when complicated by a mental health diagnosis.  It can seem impossible at times.  During their young years, you hope and pray that these years of their lives have not been affected by the constant mood swings.

Today I start my own Gratitude List. In this life, I have many things I am thankful for, but the Bipolar Disorder clouds them or even steals my memories. I get lost in the storms of my own making and many times they are in my head…A puzzle with no matching pieces.

Among the storm there is always a beacon… for this, I’m thankful every day!  So it is fitting I start my list with my wife.  Who with without her I would not, could not find my glasses.  Or my heart.

Chato Stewart’s Gratitude List

  • I’m Grateful for My Wife – Joan Winifred – my beacon!
  • I’m Grateful for My Son LP, without him I would never have known Fatherhood. 

As I think about how grateful I’m to be a father I cannot help to think about the weeks and days leading up to that big day…the overwhelming fear that I would not be a good parent.  The pressure of leading up to the day seems to melt away when you have a baby in your arms.

My life changed forever the second I held my son. Being a father became tangible to me.  Joan had nine-months connected with this ten pounder.  Now it was my turn… I still can’t believe the Hospital just gave us our baby to take home with no experience at all.

I didn’t have a clue what to do… When you’re a new parent, our only thought was to protect him at all costs!  Then do whatever he tells us to do – it’s a fixe as a need presents parenting moment to moment style – The baby cries? Rock the baby! If the baby has gas? Burp the baby! If the baby smells and pooped? Hand the baby back to Mom to change him. LOL  (Okay, I learned how to change the baby, too.)

Those first six months with the baby is not parenting! No, you’re a mechanic changing the fluids all day and all night long.   Feed them liquids and changing the liquids, and don’t get me started on their not high octane gas! PU!

Over time the Parenting comes naturally.  So naturally, we had three more children. We love our kids, (ah-um teenagers) to the moon.

When drawing the above Mental Health Humor cartoon, I was musing more about my father and his parenting style with me.  He was a man of action and not of words.  To him words meant nothing, but actions had the deepest emotional connection to any meaning.

He was all about showing why we should do something, even letting me fail to let me learn from my mistakes.

The problem is I do stuff over and over again and expect a different outcome…what do they say about people who do that??? Oh Ya, We Genius!

Chato Stewart

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Originally Posted at Chato Stewart’s Mental Health Humor at Psych Central: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor

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  • Note UPDATE October 13, 2018: While Parent Effectiveness Training is mentioned in the cartoon, the cartoon is not about Dr. Thomas Gordon’s, Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.).  No, rather it is just a play on words showing the ineffectiveness of some parents (my father’s) parenting skills.
https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/09/hopes-dreams-depression-meds/
We’ve talked about taking medication the last few blog posts.  Whether you are for medication or for something stronger and all natural like COFFEE, I feel it’s a personal choice.

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Parent Gratitude Musing

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]


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Stewart, C. (2018). Parent Gratitude Musing. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 14, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/10/parent-gratitude/

 

Last updated: 13 Oct 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Oct 2018
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