The new anthology "Easy to Love But Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories," published by DRT Press in February, provides resources and support for parents who are raising children with disorders that disrupt family life on a daily basis.
Containing essays by 32 parent writers and 15 experts, the book touches on the experiences of children and parents impacted by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), sensory processing disorder, pediatric bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, pervasive developmental disorder and other mental, emotional or behavior disorders.
OV Parent Magazine contributor Lorraine Wilde's piece titled "Finding My Way" is included in the book. The mother of 8-year-old twins with anxiety and sensory processing disorders, Wilde's essay chronicles her early days of dealing with worry, sadness and lost dreams.
The book's editors, Kay Marner and Adrienne Ehlert Bashista, themselves parents of children with disorders, wanted parents to know they are not alone.
The promotional overview on BN.com reads: "We've been there. We've done that. We've navigated the system. Some of us succeeded. Some failed. We've been judged by friends, teachers, family and strangers. ... We've doubted ourselves, our children and our partners. We've had to educate everyone, including our children's doctors. We are parents of children with alphabet soup diagnoses, invisible special needs, behavioral problems."
The paperback book is available wherever books are sold.
A blog associated with the book can be found at www.easytolovebut.com.