There are some conversations that must be spoken rather than typed. This is one of them. And so I invite you, like I would a true friend struggling under the weight of parenting a child with ADD, ADHD, OCD, ODD, ADD …  and all the other pesky diagnoses, to pull up a chair and sit with me eye to eye and knee to knee.

Imagine us across a small table from one another, sipping chai lattes and sharing a pumpkin scone and a box of Kleenex. I love blogging, truly I do, there are so many posts that feel like conversations—topics we cover that would never have been discussed had a brave writer not hit publish! And yet, here today, I feel like words on a screen just won’t suffice.

I need to give voice to this particular message, and I trust that at least one of you out there needs to hear it, from a friend.

If your child’s challenges challenge you, lean in and hit play. I understand.

This series on raising Hard to Handle boys has been one of the best the MOB Society has ever brought us (in my humble estimation) because there aren’t a lot of places for us to sit together and discuss the unique challenges of challenging little men!

Our tendency, under pressure, is to lash back and fight back, but Brooke McGlothlin teaches us to fight for our sons, not against them! What a simple and yet profound difference! If you’d like to take this conversation further, I invite you join Brooke’s Fight Like a Boymom program.

Amber Lia and I, co-authors of Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses will be participating in one of the Expert Interviews that come with the program. FLABM is open through February 1, 2017. If my video today met you in your mess, consider joining.