As a parent of a child with mental illness, you’ve taken a back seat to your own life. You are ready for change. The harsh reality is you don’t know where to turn or how to move forward when daily coping feels all consuming.
Your deep love for your child has you on constant watch for the very best solutions for the special needs and care that differ from “mainstream” children. You expend so much of your life force focusing outwardly, in unrelenting crisis mode, that feeling exhausted, confused, alone and isolated has become your default setting. At an even deeper pain level, your heart is breaking for your child.
You may feel stuck or struggling with the cold hard fact that life as you know it isn’t going to be different unless YOU are different. You could be new to recognizing you need support or possibly have already overcome many of the hurdles and obstacles that are part of living with mental illness – confusion, the “stigma”, the realization that parenthood isn’t what you imagined it would be. You not only grieve that your child isn’t experiencing a “typical” childhood, your dreams for their future aren’t what you anticipated either.
Whatever your stage of coping with your child’s needs and holding it all together, all you know is that you are tired of the busy joyless, passionless grind that has become your life and something’s got to give.
You have dual stressors happening – the laser focus on the daily crisis in front of you combined with the deep ache that there is MORE to your life and you MUST step into what is important and authentic to you at your very core.
It’s time to stop the madness.
Here you are, a beautiful, spiritual, determined, exhausted parent of a child with mental health struggles coming to terms with this fact: You want YOU back! Putting others first, forgetting that self-care is required for wellness and sanity, waking up with brain static – all of it – has been your mode of operation for so long that you don’t know how to stop the spin!
What if you shifted your perception that the very things you are up against in your life are longing to be embraced? Your child’s journey is a profound gift to you – an awakening of your spirit.
You can wish, hope or want your life circumstance to be different, yet it is what it is. Quite frankly, your stakes are so high that the option to either move forward or stay where you are isn’t really a choice after all, wouldn’t you agree?
Self-care is not selfish. Being the best you is the single most important thing you can do for yourself and everyone around you – especially your child.
Know this. You are not your circumstances. You are a spiritual warrior.
Living your own authentic life is possible. You can wake up calm, grounded, centered, happy, fulfilled and sane while raising a child with mental health challenges. It’s your call.
Working with me as your coach to help spiritually navigate the twists and turns of your child’s journey can get you there. I understand your pain because I WAS YOU.
I’m Greta, Kjos. As a certified life coach, immersed, yet recovered from the life I just described, I have capitalized on my formal coaching training, expertise, wisdom, spiritual path and life lessons.
My work is unique – it’s about YOU, not your child. To support you in taking charge of your own wellbeing and happiness while championing your child, I have developed a path for you to follow.
I’ve combined proven strategies as a certified coach with the practical knowledge and spiritual awareness necessary to support you both in the early stages of crisis and survival as well as when you are ready to reclaim your life and thrive.
You will have the tools and techniques necessary to awaken your inner warrior, bolster your courage for change, calm your exhaustion, and get yourself into the eye of your relentless chaotic storm. Embrace the peace that comes with not only realizing that the best thing you can do for your child is to make your wellbeing a priority, but also acting on it.
It’s your time. Your child’s path has given you the gift to explore and mirror to you what needs to be awakened within you. Sometimes spiritual awakenings are tough to acknowledge. I offer an extensive range of guidance for you as a parent to work with the practical and the spiritual part of your path with this life experience. From providing survival tips and professional resources to discovering your life of thriving and acceptance.
Parenting a child with mental illness is not temporary – it is your life. This awakening is your gift.
You don’t have to walk this journey alone. I encourage you to Find Your Inner Warrior and Reclaim Your Life and Thrive. Let’s connect to give your child back the parent they crave – healthy, authentic, thriving, joyful.