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I have to confess that at first, I was just as guilty of this ignorance. I was raised in a happy family with happy parents. There was no mental illness. There were no addictive personalities. I was totally clueless and unprepared for the traumas that awaited me after I married into a family with an alcoholic history. My mother-in-law was also bi-polar and later psychotic and it never even occurred to me that any of my children might inherit a genetic predisposition. When the illness first showed itself in Nate, he was about 13 years old. It just looked like immaturity to me. I would get angry at him but that didn’t work. I would try to reason with him but that didn’t work. We eventually brought him to [counselors] but that didn’t work either. Nothing seemed to work. It is the most awful thing in the world to watch a child spiral down into emotional oblivion and be unable to do anything about it. I hate powerlessness. I hate it more than anything else.

But all this was followed by friends and acquaintances wagging their heads and saying, ‘You must have done something wrong.’ I was amazed by the eagerness with which people arrived at this conclusion. And yet, I was there every day for my kids. I greeted them when they got home from school, helped them with their homework, took them to my art shows, cheered them on at their sporting events. We built Lego spaceships and told grizzly bear stories and went on scavenger hunts. I sang them to sleep at night with my guitar. I did everything my parents did when they raised me but the results were very different and… demoralizing.

So, if there is a lesson in all of this, perhaps it could be summed up with one word: Grace. When you see someone suffering [from] mental illness or you see parents trying their best to deal with a child who is suffering, please don’t wag your heads. Please don’t automatically assume that some evil has been committed. Just offer them grace. It won’t fix the fundamental problem, but it will show the kind of compassion and solidarity that is so often missing in a society that just doesn’t understand.”

**This story was written by Will Kautz and originally appeared on his Facebook page. Buy his book Winter’s Grace (How Anguish and Intimacy Transform the Soul) on Amazon. All profits go to the Snug Harbor Foundation which cares for vulnerable people in crisis.


If you or someone you know is thinking about harming yourself/themselves or attempting suicide, reach out to someone who can help right away. Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.

Toddler is Sick With Mystery Illness for 3 Months When Doctors Finally Discover What’s Lodged in Her Nose

A mom from the UK is sharing her story after her toddler suffered for three months with a mystery illness caused by an object unknowingly lodged in her nose.

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Candace Cameron Bure, loved for her roles on "Full House" and "Fuller House," recently took to Instagram to reminisce about her family's dream summer vacation in Italy.

Chip and Joanna Gaines: 11 Godly Secrets to an Epic Marriage and Family

Chip and Joanna Gaines are teaching us important lessons about marriage and family as they walk away from their HGTV show for the sake of their family.