When my son was diagnosed with ADHD, I was at a loss of the direction I needed to take. With the help of the trained and caring staff at The Ark and its mother organization, Wellsprings Psychological Resources, I was able to get my son the help he needed to deal with this disorder without the assistance of medication. He got the help he needed to manage this learning disability and was recently accepted into the gifted program at his school and won “student of the month.”
As a single parent, I was equipped with the resources and tools I needed to help my son be productive and succeed. The Ark is a rescue boat and life support for kids and their parents. It truly does take a village to raise a child.
In 2007, domestic violence drove me out of my relationship and left me as a single mom of two special needs children. I struggle with judgmental comments from others and myself, and know I have trust issues. Every day brings new challenges for me and my kids. We have our good days and bad days, we hug, we laugh, we share our tears. For years, I felt like we would always be alone and misunderstood. When I signed up for the Parenting Class at the Ark, I knew I needed help.
When I walked into the first class on April 2nd, 2015, I had a huge weight lifted off my shoulders—it turned out to be the greatest 6 weeks! We listened to each other’s opinions, gave each other advice. I was not alone. I learned there are others who have been in the same shoes, walking the same mile as I have. Parenting class taught me so many new ideas about better ways to communicate, discipline, and face my fears.
Even though the class is over, I’ve been blessed to be able to continue to fall back on the book, review my notes, and redo my homework. The class helped me help my children, others, and myself. In May, 2015, at the end of the class, I got more than just the certificate—I got my self-confidence back. All glory to God! With God, all things are possible. I am very thankful I signed up for parenting class.