This is about bipolar couples learning to parent together. If you have bipolar disorder and are a couple it is important to learn how to be a healthy parent. We all know that being a healthy parent is hard and takes a great amount of work. When you live with a mental illness you must take care of yourself as well as your children. This includes keeping mentally healthy.
One of the best lessons to learn when facing bipolar as a parent is patience. You will have to learn that our kids need our attention and energy. There are many young people who have been raised by a bipolar parent. The key is that the children feel loved and safe. You can do this by creating rules, structure and learning to find healthy ways to remove stress.
It seems every couple with bipolar disorder has to learn to navigate the many issues they face. It is helpful to create a list of what needs to get done. This might mean one part of the couple doing items ranging from the laundry, dishes, cooking, taking the kids to school, and the many lists of chores. If you know what you are required to do it makes it more achievable and there is accountability.
There is also a need for private time together. One of the best investments you can make is having a date night. Even a few hours together and without the kids will help you reconnect. It is vital to find time to help each other and enjoy the love you share.
We would love to share some of the books written to help families with bipolar disorder. They are written by noted bipolar survivor and educator Blake LeVine. He lives with bipolar disorder, is married and has two children. You may find the wonderful books at:
We also offer one on one coaching by telephone. You may call the office of Blake LeVine at (213) 304-9555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each day we offer educational articles on our home page at http://www.bipolaronline.com