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Why this Teen Girl Should Inspire You to Bust the Stigma of Mental Illness

Alexis is a quiet 16-year-old girl. She keeps to herself and spends a lot of time drawing. She doesn't care for conflict, avoiding it...

Find out how this teenage girl showed her support of Mental Illness Awareness Week with her art at www.HeartofMichelle.com #BustTheStigma #SayItForward #MentalHealthAwarness

Alexis is a quiet 16-year-old girl. She keeps to herself and spends a lot of time drawing. She doesn't care for conflict, avoiding it at almost all costs. She always strives to be polite, respectful and to not hurt anyone's feelings. She can get along with most people with no problem.

She's a peaceable girl.


She's a Quiet Girl, but Speaks up When Necessary

On Monday, Alexis was telling me that someone she knows "doesn't believe in mental illness or at least she doesn't believe it's common."

I turned to her and said, "Uh, one in four. I just wrote a post about this today because it's Mental Illness Awareness Week. 1 out of 4 adults and 1 out of 5 children. 1 out of 17 of those has a serious mental illness like bipolar, schizophrenia or major depression. Not common? Quite the opposite."

We had a little discussion about all sorts of things. She's had several debates with friends about mental illnesses or even "disorders" that aren't mental illnesses, such as dyslexia and Asperger's. 


She's not afraid to tell it like it is. She doesn't hide from the conflict when it comes to helping others understand, or when she sees the need to bust the myths associated with a disorder.

She's bold when she has to be.


My Daughter is a Dyslexic Ninja Bipolar Bear

As most of my readers know, some most of my children have bipolar disorder. Around here we make jokes and laugh about it.  OK, wipe ...



This teenager has a positive attitude about having bipolar disorder.

As most of my readers know, some most of my children have bipolar disorder. Around here we make jokes and laugh about it. 

OK, wipe the shocked look off your face. It's totally OK to laugh at our imperfections.

My experience is that people with bipolar disorder provide natural comic relief. The sense of humor is on par with any professional comic. That's what first attracted me to my daughters' father The sense of humor, that is. Not the disorder.

In this family, humor is the rule of the day and we have an innate ability to laugh at ourselves. My youngest, while having the most severe form of bipolar disorder, is the first to to make wisecracks about her bad moods when she's not in a mood cycle. Alexis (nickname Lexi), who has dyslexia, even nicknamed herself "DysLexi" as a joke. 

It's good to accept things with humor. I mean, the alternative doesn't seem like a great option.

Spring Break Week 1: Takin' It Easy

In my life this week...   Our first week of Spring Break was uneventful. I went on a cleaning binge and noted a hundred things tha...

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week... 

Our first week of Spring Break was uneventful. I went on a cleaning binge and noted a hundred things that need to be done outside. I've been doing a lot of planning ahead and writing. 

 
 

In our homeschool this week... 

 

We're are on Spring Break.  

Lorelai has been playing around on BrainpopJr.com doing math and learning about artists. Alexis has spent her time drawing because that's what she does. 


A Week of Big Steps

We've been taking some "big steps" around here. I've made some changes; Alexis made strides in math. Progress! In my...

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

We've been taking some "big steps" around here. I've made some changes; Alexis made strides in math. Progress!

In my life this week...

I came to some big decisions. I keep hearing "Simplify, simplify, simplify" in my mind. I took down all websites and blogs which are no longer serving me well. This included my southern cooking blog (never had the time), my natural mothering blog (my focus is no longer on homebirthing, cloth diapering or breastfeeding), my green cleaning website (I'm shutting down the business due to lack of business). 

So here I am. I feel a sense of loss. Nine years of those businesses shut down in a matter of seconds. Hard to believe. Sometimes, this is the type of thing we must do. I also feel a great weight.. a pressure to keep up with the marketing on those.. lifted off of me. Now I can redirect that time and focus to the two blogs I care about most. This homeschool blog and Life on My Planet. Yes. This will be better. 
 

Wrapping Up Our School Year

In my life this week... I've spent a lot of time working/writing. Pretty boring, right?    In our homeschool this week... ...

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In my life this week...

I've spent a lot of time working/writing. Pretty boring, right? 

 

In our homeschool this week...

We're at the end of Week 10 of Term III.  
The girls took another online science class. You'll be hearing more about this in a couple of weeks. They really enjoyed it. I'm about to sign Lorelai up for a couple of other online things. We are about to begin our Animal Signs study using the unit study from NaturExplorers. We've studied a bit on this topic in the past, and are pretty good at identifying tracks while hiking. It should be fun to learn a bit more. 

The girls spent a good amount of time being artsy-craftsy this week. Photo below.


A Wrap-Up of Our Week

  In my life this week... There has been nothing interesting. Well , nothing except having to pass up a possible $2000 /week a...

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 In my life this week...

There has been nothing interesting. Well, nothing except having to pass up a possible $2000/week account. Long story. It's painful to think I had to pass that up. I'll move on to more positive things now.

Positive: Switched meds for one of the girls (we use natural meds). She started them today. I should see a difference tomorrow. She had to go a few days without any at all and let me tell you.. it was not pleasant. Now I have to do the re-evaluation for the other child to see what improvements we can make in her meds as well.



Handicraft: An Eye for Photography

Alexis This family.. my family.. is so full of natural talent. No, I'm not bragging. OK, maybe I am just a little. It's just th...

Homeschool Handicraft: An Eye for Photography
Alexis

This family.. my family.. is so full of natural talent. No, I'm not bragging. OK, maybe I am just a little. It's just that I am so amazed at all the artistic things my kids do and they do it with no training. One of the things they do, all of them, is photography. So it's automatically a handicraft in our homeschool.

Alexis is 14 years old. I've shared her drawings and singing in previous posts. And I've shared her photography when she was about 11 or 12 years old. She has such an eye! I'm so impressed with her photography. So I'm sharing with you again.

The Face of Homeschooling: Interview with Alexis

Welcome to the April 2012 edition of The Face of Homeschooling !  Each month I interview a homeschool mom, adding another face to ...

The April 2012 edition of The Face of Homeschooling is an interview with a 13-year-old homeschooled girl. Learn what she thinks of homeschooling and how it's impacted her life.

Welcome to the April 2012 edition of The Face of Homeschooling


Each month I interview a homeschool mom, adding another face to the mosaic that makes up the homeschooling community. This month, however, I am doing something different. 


This month, I've decided to interview a homeschool student. This student happens to be my daughter, Alexis.

I had no idea what to ask my own child, so I put a call out on the Facebook page and ask you, the readers, to post your questions. Here is the interview: Your questions; my daughter's answers.




Homeschool Mother's Journal #19: A Mixed-Feeling Week

In my life this week... I was bogged down by training courses and classes. The week is a blur of confusing, unlearned information.  My fe...

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In my life this week...
I was bogged down by training courses and classes. The week is a blur of confusing, unlearned information.  My feelings on this week are mixed. I hate the training and feel like I was thrown into the ocean and told "SWIM!" but no one taught me to swim. Yet I had a wonderful homeschool week and managed to get a lot of writing done for this blog. So those things brought me joy.


Sharing My Daughters' Artwork

As I've mentioned in previous posts, Alexis loves to draw . Lorelai doesn't particularly "love" it but she does it with ...

As I've mentioned in previous posts, Alexis loves to draw. Lorelai doesn't particularly "love" it but she does it with Alexis in order to spend time with her. A few months ago, I wanted to share with you Lorelai's first attempt at anime (it was a more humorous moment when she showed it to everyone.. even she was cracking up) and then her second attempt (much improved). Unfortunately, with the move, I can't locate that first oh-so-funny drawing. Suffice it to say, that she drew a tongue sticking out of a person's face and it looked more like a buck-toothed hillbilly. 

Today, I am sharing with you several of their drawings. The photos won't be all that great because I am using my android (not exactly photography quality!) because the real camera has dead batteries and I'm impatient.