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Sunday Podcast #2 – Tourettes, Tics and Discipline

Um, I was clearly kind of punchy on Sunday.

Below is my second of 2 podcasts. The basic point I am trying to make is that whether or not our kids have impulse control issues, it’s still super important to have a discipline game plan.

I remember my husband telling me, “Sweetie, we simply need to find a target and aim at it reasonably.” My response, “Yes, but what do you do when the target is always moving!”

Here’s the top things that worked for me

Drink wine
1. Find a support group (This blog, a private group I have)

2. Be open with friends (I have some awesome folk in my life)

3. Pray (It really works)

4. Find a prayer support group

5. Exercise

6. Set goals for yourself

7. Be honest – some days just suck. There’s no point in pretending otherwise. Just know you can always start over.

8. Yes, really, you START OVER. Every second that passes is a new opportunity to start fresh.

9. Focus on the kid and his/her gifts, not just the tics.

10. Work on accepting the tics you can’t change, changing the tics you can, and having the wisdom to know the difference.

This is a marathon, people, not a sprint. How I wish I had someone tell me that 6 years ago. But now I’m learning.

And, by the video below, I clearly also need a break! It’s coming! Our renter is all moved in and in 10 days, (count ’em) Rex and I are going to Oktoberfest for the weekend sans rugrats. Woooot!


About Andrea Frazer

Find me at! I'm a produced television, magazine, newspaper and national blog writer available for freelance writing in the areas of faith, parenting, lifestyle and healthcare. In addition to ghostwriting and content creation, I am proud to be publishing my first book. Called "Happily Ticked Off," it is a humorous mom-moir about raising a son with Tourette Syndrome. I can best be described as Erma Bombeck meets Nora Ephron. I live to connect with others through writing, authenticity and just a wee bit of sass.

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