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CREATING A LIFE THAT WORKS FOR YOUR CHILD AND YOUR FAMILY

IN CHAPTER 4, “Feeling Misunderstood,” I discussed how easy it sometimes may seem to just give up. Drawing your complex child and your family into an isolated existence, going out only when necessary, may be a path of least resistance. Other people’s reactions to your child are hard to cope with. Fighting with the school district or other agencies to get appropriate programs can feel like more frustration than it is worth.

Every member of the family has needs. Resentments occur when the complex child always takes priority. This is difficult to reconcile. In a single-parent household with only a complex child, you simply cannot leave your child unattended in order to do something ...

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