The Book

If there’s anything the contributors to Easy to Love but Hard to Raise want you to know, it’s this:


We’ve been there. We’ve done that.

We’ve navigated the system. Some of us succeeded. Some failed. We’ve been judged by friends, teachers, family, & strangers. We’ve gotten the phone calls & the looks. We’ve done things we never thought we’d do, good & bad. We’ve been up nights, cried in our pillows, and screamed in frustration. We’ve doubted ourselves, our children, & our partners. We’ve had to educate everyone, including our children’s doctors. We are parents of children with alphabet soup diagnoses, invisible special needs, behavioral problems.

Our children are easy to love, but oh, so hard to raise.

Easy to Love but Hard to Raise is an anthology of personal essays written by parents of children with ADD, ADHD, OCD, PDD, ASDs, SPD, PBD and/or other alphabet soup diagnoses that takes the already difficult job of parenting and adds to the challenge.

These essays focus on honest feelings, lessons learned, epiphanies, commonplace and extraordinary experiences. They are written by parents of toddlers, young children, teens, and adult children; those who are in the parenting trenches now, and those looking back on their parenting experiences. Topics include : how children came to be diagnosed, the experience of dealing with problem behaviors in various contexts and settings, experiences with/feelings about treatment (therapies, medications, alternative treatments), school (and other advocacy) experiences, children’s social interactions/friends, and the effect of parenting a difficult child on a parent’s emotional and physical health, marriage, and other relationships.

If the topic of this book speaks to you, please consider buying it in print or ebook from Amazon, read more from our contributors on our blog, Easy to Love but Hard to Raise or join the discussion on our Facebook page.

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  1. Pingback: Review: “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories” | One LoCo Mommy

  2. The Mea’Alofa Autism Support Center (MASC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality services to children with autism and their families. We provide behavior services in home, in a center based program, at schools and in the typical environment. We offer one on one therapy, social skills groups, and consultations for families and schools along with a variety of trainings for people who have a person with autism in their life. With more than fifty children being served currently, and hundreds of families reached over the six years that we have been providing therapy, consultations and support to, it’s more important than ever that we continue to find ways to help families who may not otherwise be able to access services find high quality behavior therapy.
    For the educational information that we would like to share with the community, we have a Lending Library on site. This library is a way for parents to get access to educational tools and resources relating to a number of topics. They are able to check out books, activities, and other resources to help along their journey. We would love for a donated copy of your book to join our Lending Library and share this knowledge with many people. Please contact Michele at 757.465.3933 with any additional questions.
    Thank you,
    Esther Martin
    Behavior Therapist
    Michele Rivett
    Office Manager
    Mea’Alofa Autism Support Center (M.A.S.C)
    4016 Raintree Road, Suite 200A
    Chesapeake, VA 23321
    Phone: 757-465-3933
    Fax: 757-465-3944

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