Before your difficult child reaches the age of majority...

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by gcvmom, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    It's a good idea if your child will sign it....
  3. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    It's a good thing to do while the teen is stable and thinking clearly.
    Although my difficult child isn't bipolar, he has a enough awareness of his issues that he needs someone (his parents) to be his safety net.

    We have done advanced directives for our elderly parents when they were healthy and thinking clearly. Much less drama and emotions. Good common sense works wonders. Doing this for a beloved child seems a no brainer. I don't make decisions without difficult child's input and agreement. If I put my son in the center and he makes a poor choice he knows with a certainty that I will not force him and I will not save him. Like I said, this is a discussion when he is aware and thinking clearly. He is actually afraid of not having our input but my difficult child isn't prone to dangerous behavior. Just stupid.
  4. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I am the one who balks at this. I am terrified of giving up my decision making abilities. We talked about doing one of these in a group I attend and you would have thought someone was asking me to cut off my arm then and there I was so I flat refused to even fill out the form.
  5. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Great idea! When my difficult child is about to turn 18, we will have one drawn up for him.
    My husband and I already have them for ourselves.