To make a long story short, we have embarked on homeschooling Caroline again until we feel she can handle the private school thing again. With the Learning RX brain training in full force, we hope that she can return in the third quarter. She is quite anxious to return (as are we) and isn't at all happy about not being in a school, but this is best right now. I made up her daily school schedule using mostly the books from the private school, supplemented with Rosetta Stone French, my own Bible curriculum, an online typing course, and Homer. Yes, Homer. She loves all things Greek and Roman, so I thought I would throw that in. I am starting slow this week, and then really increasing the load over the next few weeks. She will likely need to double up lessons in Algebra and French so she doesn't fall behind. I hate their Algebra textbook with all of that superfluous info so I will likely go back to Saxon or Teaching Textbooks.
I feel good about the plan, but it is the implementation of it that makes me nervous. She promises she will work hard for me, and maybe with the carrot of re-entering this school in front of her, she will make good on them.
No job yet. Caroline is really stressed out about this, as she revealed in her counseling appointment today. I am sure all of the kids think about it all the time even if they don't talk about it. I keep praying that God will bring an end to this very long journey. His timing often isn't our timing. At all. "Come thou long expected Jesus" is what this brings to mind.
About our Daughter
I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 13, 15, 17 and 19, and wife to the greatest husband on earth. God has given us a special child to raise one who was diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder at the age of seven, though she showed signs of it from the age of fifteen months. She also has ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder (sensory seeking), Dyslexia, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder-NOS, all typical comorbidities for a bipolar child. She is in the very challenging teen years, and she is attempting a big public high school for the first time. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running, and reading and writing her own books. I will share with you the many joys and sorrows we have faced and will face in the future with the hope that you may find better understanding about this mental illness caused by both chemical and structural abnormalities in the brain. I desire that you will be encouraged by this blog if you are also dealing with a bipolar child. Thank you for reading and sharing in our journey.
How Did You Know She Was Bipolar So Young?
I wrote a long explanation of how we came to this bipolar diagnosis in a child so young under my post of March 19th of 2009. If your child or a child you know bears similarities, please seek out a good psychiatrist and don't wait for "things to get better." Often they will simply get worse, and the longer a child is unmedicated, the more damage their brain can accrue. Early diagnoses and treatment are key to providing these children with a chance at a successful life later as a teen and an adult.