Testimonials

Testimonials

About Coaching with Margaret

 

“Despite years of therapy, alternative approaches, and interactions with healthcare professionals, my family was still wavering on whether or our daughter’s problem was serious, what should be done, or if anything even could be done.  Margaret’s wealth of knowledge and personal experience helped change our approach and perspective.  Her guidance with regard to pursuing information gathering, treatment options, and medication regimes has proven invaluable.  But what is more valuable, overall, is that she confirmed that there IS a problem.  Our daughter’s behavior isn’t merely bad coping skills or acting out – she has a serious mental illness that needs attention and care.”
–Marie D

“Rarely have I heard someone get to the heart of the matter so quickly, thoughtfully, and with such great insight. I know that meeting Margaret has inspired me to be a better mother to my children. Her ideas to cope with extreme behaviors have given me a new set of tools that I continually draw upon for the next event that may present itself. I now look at our situation with candor and the knowledge that I am not powerless.”
–Ann A

“My husband and I have often remarked that an hour with Margaret is worth a year with a family therapist. She just gets it and never failed to empower us with actions that we could implement immediately. Her practical insights always gave us the hope we so desperately needed. I have recommended her to many parents and do so knowing she can help and make a real difference.”
–Kathy V

“I was surfing the internet in search of help on how to deal with my adolescent nephew, who I raised since 11.. There is always information about troubled teens and children, yet when they reach 18 it’s seems like that’s it and it is horrible. There does not seem to be a lot of support for adolescent and they need just as much help if not more, since they are now considered adults.
“I came across this website and after reading testimonies , I realized it was one that could help me. My nephew had a tough childhood the first 10 years of his life. As he got older he started to act out and was very difficult to deal with and felt he was entitled. I raised him on my own.
“I made an appointment to speak with Margaret and was very happy I did! She speaks from experience and has so much knowledge. She made see things I did not realize and since he was so abused at a young age, I was not aware of all the emotional damage he suffered and I needed to treat him differently and realize even though he was 19, his emotional age was like a child. She really made me see not every teen or adolescent is the same and what happens in our early childhood, really plays a role in when we get older.
“She taught me to lower my expectations of him and to let him vent his anger, as long as it is not abusive and just listen to him, which I do now. I no longer tell him what to do or how to do it, I now tell him if he has any questions, I am here for him and he can always ask. He has calm down some when talking to me and I know it is going to take time for him to mature and figure things out.
“It is scary because you do not want to see your child get in trouble, yet controlling them is not doing any good. So now he knows I am always here for him yet I am not going to enable him by doing for him and telling him how to live his life.
“I also had to stop the worrying and take care of myself because it was causing me so much anxiety which I never had, since he is now out on his own. Margaret made it clear to me that I have to take care of me first and stay healthy.
“Margaret was great and I am so glad she has her website because as I said before, after 18 years old, it seems like there is not much help. She has been great checking in with me from time to time, which really helps so much because she understands, when others do not.”
–Liz B

 

About the Book “Raising Troubled Kids”

 

“As both the parent of a teenager with a mood disorder and a professional working with other “troubled kids”, I wholeheartedly endorse this beautifully written and theoretically sound book. Parents of mentally ill children are often misunderstood, maligned, and misjudged. Ms. Puckette provides practical advice, encouragement and realistic, yet hopeful glimpses into the lives of those of us who walk this difficult path. In addition to owning a copy for my personal bookshelf, I am planning to buy multiple editions to use in my clinical practice!”
–Elizabeth H

“As a parent of a “troubled child” I found this book very insightful. It gave and continues to give me hope along this difficult journey I am taking in raising a child that has not yet been diagnosed but displays extreme behavioral problems. Anyone who has a child, a family member or even a friend that is going through this struggle could benefit from reading this book. I feel that the more people who are aware of the problems families with troubled children face, the more helpful we can all be of each other and therefore lighten the burden on many struggling families.”
–Keri W

“Margaret has great insight into how it feels to be the parent/guardian of kids who don’t fit into the general population. As I read I would think “YES! – that’s exactly what it’s like”. I especially found it comforting to know that there are many of us out there facing these same issues, and that my family and I aren’t alone on this journey. Margaret gives good basic advice on how to make home-life better for all involved, great down-to-earth ideas, not pie-in-the-sky theories that are nearly impossible to implement in the real world. I, too, enjoyed the stories and anecdotes that so clearly reflect the real life experiences of families living with mental illness.”
–Faith G

“If I had Margaret’s book back when I was a probation officer, I would have recommended it to the families of every client I had.”
Roy N

As a parent of two children battling mental illness, I embraced this book as a fantastic tool for navigating this rocky, uncharted terrain. The biggest challenge for me, personally, has been the feelings of isolation, that no one could ever understand what I as a parent go through on a day-to-day basis. Margaret Puckette DOES. This book reads as a thoughtful, practical manual, chock full of anecdotes and insights from Margaret and others who are also surviving this journey. I keep this book by my bedside and refer to it frequently, for comfort, tools, and insight. A valuable resource!!”
–Pamela L

 

About Margaret’s Support Group: “Talk It Over”

 

“My son/grandson was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 14.  Neither of us had any idea what to do.  Both the mental health and school systems were complex and difficult to navigate.  We felt desperate, pressured, lost.  Then we found Margaret’s support group.  Within a month, we had an IEP in place, were handling the mental health issues and reaching an understanding of how to cope.   Nothing will ever be the same again but we can cope with it.  We call Margaret and her group a “lifeline” because for us it was exactly that.”
Victoria C and Paula N

“Margaret does such a great job at facilitating the “Talk It Over” support group. She is extremely knowledgeable about the many facets of metal illness. She has real life experience, and always refers to solid, scientific research. She shows genuine caring and compassion for every person who shows up, no matter who they are or where they are at with caring for a troubled child. For me, it has been a safe place to talk about my son without feeling judged, and maybe more importantly to hear others’ stories and to realize I am not alone. I am grateful she continues to keep this group going, it is an invaluable resource for our community. Thank you Margaret!”
–Karen K

 

 

Parent to Parent Guidance

Parent to Parent Guidance

Margaret Puckette is a Certified Parent Support Provider, and assists parents on how to effectively raise their troubled child. She believes parents need realistic practical guidance for family life and school, not just information about disorders. Margaret has mentored families for over 20 years. She is an author & speaker, and knows from personal experience there is reason for hope.

You Can Handle This.

You Can Handle This.

You are not alone. It's no one's fault. Behavior disorders are disabilities! Troubled children need a very different parenting approach than 'normal' kids.

Care for yourself first, then set new goals:
1. Physical and emotional safety for all
2. Acceptance of the way things are
3. Family balance, meet the needs of all
4. One step at a time, one day at a time

Practical Guide for Parents

Practical Guide for Parents

A guide with practical steps for reducing stress at home and successfully raising a troubled child. You use the same proven techniques as mental health and other professionals. It starts by taking care of your wellbeing first, then taking an entirely different approach to parenting.
Amazon $14.99, Kindle $5.99

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