In Real Life...

Parenting can be pretty rough, but we rarely see that because most people only talk about the good stuff.


In this essay series, CATCH offers a look at what's happening In Real Life with stories from parents and others.  We hope our readers will find comfort and support in their experiences.

In most cases, we are not posting the names of the authors of these essays because they include parts of their children's stories, and those are theirs to tell.

If you'd like to tell others what's going on In Real Life, we'd love to hear it and share it.


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I Grieve Because My Son is a Senior and This Is It

While battling anxiety and depression, her son got through high school and is about to graduate.  After all the years of supporting him through his mental health challenges, this mom reflects on missed moments and offers the lessons she's learned along the way.  Read more.

I Prefer Pandemic Days

While a year at home put many people into a panic, for some the pandemic delivered a serious break.  In this essay, a mom explains why she's just not ready to rush back to reality.  Read more.

A Mother Shares Her Daily Fears of Parenting a Child with Depression

When her child was 2 years old, this mom realized he needed mental health support.  Years later, she reflects on the challenges and rewards of parenting a child with depression in this essay about what happens In Real Life.  Read more.

Am I Brave Enough?

Her son is graduating from high school and planning for college, but after years of supporting him and his mental health challenges, it's not that easy for this mother to embrace the moment and let go of the worries.  Read more.

GBN Grad Shares What It's Like to Experience a Depressive Episode

Someone who is smiling, laughing and experiencing joy can still have depression. GBN '10 grad Erin B. Doppelt explains what depression is like "In Real Life" in her brave and personal essay.  Read more.

An Anxious Parent, An Anxious Child, and the Value of Validation

What’s a mother to do when her own anxiety gets in the way of parenting her child with anxiety? In this post, one mom shares what she learned from her therapist and how it’s helping her manage the mix of emotions. It’s a helpful lesson on the value of validation and a reminder about what to do when we just want to fix everything. Read more.

The Work of Worrying Less

When you are the parent a child with mental illness, the fears are never-ending.  In this essay, a mother gets real about her concerns and shares her plans to worry less.  Read more.