Welcome to Let's Talk About It. In this
special section we will feature the question/topic of the month and provide an opportunity
for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible
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Name: Lauri Dupree / south Mississippi
Time: 02:59 PM
I am a grandmother raising a now 5 yr, old with autism. We have had him since he was 5 weeks old. My biggest challenge is his elopeing/bolting every chance he gets. So far I am on my own and have found no support in the state of Mississippi. I feel Isolated and on my own to figure out how to keep him safe. After much research I found the LoJack SafetyNet Transmitter, but sadly no one here has heard of it and it is not available to us, so my search continues. Is there any help out there for children with Autism in Ms. ?
Location: Fort Worth TX
Time: 12:51 PM
I have been caring for my niece's two children aged 12 since March 2012. I want to join a support group to discuss the problems I face raising children at my age (which is almost 67) while also working fulltime.
Name: Teresa Ryle
Location: Chesterfield, IN
Time: 06:54 PM
My husband, age 55, and I, age 59, have been caring for our 2 Grandaughters, ages 10 and 3. It is very difficult to be a parent and a Grandparent at the same time. Mostly patience is the challenge. Also, keeping up with their energy, homework, school activities and fighting is all overwhelming. I don't remember ever having this much cayous when raising our 3 daughters. Am sure we did, but it didn't seem that hard when we were younger. My biggest support is my husband. Without him, am not sure I could handle this challenge. He seems to have better control of their situations and can explain to them the reasons for why it has to be that way. My 2nd support is Sandy, a Caregiver Support Group leader, whom I see at least once a month. It doesn't cost anything and I always leave there feeling so much better about what we are doing for our Grandaughters. I cared for my Mom in our home for 4 1/2 years full-time after her stroke, and Sandy was a life saver. She was there for me to cry on, help me solve problems, make plans for a rest time away from the hussle and bussle, and has become a good friend. Since caring for our Grandaughters and Mom, we have given up our lives and plans together to provide for them. Of course, we wouldn't change anything, as we love them with all our hearts.