Thanks for this post @Tortoiseshell !
I often hear parents not wanting their children to know anything about their MH for fear that they won't understand. Fact is, I think they understand more than we think.
I've also come across many parents who hold the guilt that they've harmed or damaged their children because they have a MI. Having worked with thousands of children in my lifetime, I have found that these children often become the more resilient and
understanding children. They learn to understand and navigate challenges much better than others. They also learn to empathise with those who have MH conditions. If anything, I think it makes them more understanding and sympathetic people.
If I didn't have a MI, I doubt I'd have the understanding I currently have of other people's challenges. I embrace my MH condition and see it as a learning opportunity.
Best wishes to all parents out there!
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