Madge Madigan

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How to Keep it Together When Your Child is in a Mental Health Crisis

I cried far too much today. I cried because I have a sweet little ten-year-old boy who needs me to be a lot stronger than I am. I cried because I can't seem to give him what he needs, get him what he needs. I cried because he told us he's sad all the time, he can't make his brain shut off, he feels weird and out of place in this world, and he wishes he could be more like his brothers. I cried harder still when he saw me crying and reassured me that he was going to get better. ...more
My daughter has been on meds for anxiety since she was 10.  I think I did it at the right time ...more

A "Meeting in the Ladies Room" I Will Never Forget

Well, I survived the last couple of weeks with my 2 daughter's surgeries and my son's high school graduation.  Piece of cake.  Well, actually I think it's like child birth, there is some magic chemical in our bodies that makes us forget what hell we went through.  On to the next event!...more
 @cdrdash Ah, thank you for reading, though!more

I Choose My Kids Over Friends and Me-Time

A friend is having a fabulous 40th birthday getaway in a few months. It involves a short flight and a drive and some fabulous scenery and spa and an overnight stay at a great house. Guests are making their plans for flying in from all over the place and it looks like a really good time. I'll be sending my regrets. It's not the money, or the schedule, or even childcare, really, that is keeping me away. Those things can be worked out. It's this person right here. He has spent every night of his short 20 months firmly tucked in against my side and nursing when he wakes before drifting off to sleep again. ...more
I adore my children who happen to be all teenagers now.  Yes, I still adore them.  They make me ...more

Off Like a Prom Dress...

Over on my Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/MadgesAdultSurvivalGuide (which you should all go and "Like") I had a little contest as to what I should write about next. And the lovely and talented Michele Clark Powell won with her prom theme suggestion. She suggested I compare proms of today to yesterday and goaded me into posting pics. ...more
 @@BehavioralChild  Thank you so much!more

Off Like a Prom Dress...

Over on my Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/MadgesAdultSurvivalGuide (which you should all go and "Like") I had a little contest as to what I should write about next. And the lovely and talented Michele Clark Powell won with her prom theme suggestion. She suggested I compare proms of today to yesterday and goaded me into posting pics. ...more
 @JennaHatfield Exactly, everything evolves.  But that's why it's fun, when it was "our day" it ...more

What's the deal with potty training?

Toilet training – or potty training – is a grim subject with many parents. While we may have differing viewpoints about when and how to toilet train a child, this much we can all agree on: we all have to go through it with our children and none of us really looks forward to it, because let’s face it: there ARE better things in life than dealing with pee and poop....more
My oldest is graduating high school this year, my youngest in 7th grade, I think I have blocked ...more

My Most Attractive Physical Feature Is My Cervix

Even the most modest human being is aware of their more attractive physical features.Well, most people.This question has come up multiple times in my life and I haven't been able to give an answer....more
 @Jmorjig I've already had wallets made up, I carry it with me... always.more

My Most Attractive Physical Feature Is My Cervix

Even the most modest human being is aware of their more attractive physical features.Well, most people.This question has come up multiple times in my life and I haven't been able to give an answer....more
Mine is my pancreas.more
: I just wrote an orginal post on here and I got a message saying it was being held for possible spam content. What the hell is that about?

Even That Man vs. Wild Dude Wouldn't Take This Task On...

I am not really afraid of anything.  Except for frogs and rejection.  Don't ask me why but I've had a strange fear of frogs since I was little, I think it's the unpredictable jumping at you thing.  And rejection, well that's why I suck at selling anything except myself.  I was the worst commercial print salesperson ever, but I was a decent realtor....more
 @Isabel_Anders Because that would cost waaaay more than shipping and driving a van in NYC would ...more