The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check In: Ice Edition

I cover my week being cooped up in the house, and ask you about yours!

Hello, hello! Welcome to The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check in: Ice Edition!

How are you? Is it snowing where you are? Have you been stuck in the house? How cold is the weather? What about your self-care routine–have you been sticking to it? Let me know in the comments; I genuinely want to know!

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My Week

My week has been utterly depressing.

I am used to a certain routine of preschool on Mondays and Wednesdays (where I meet with a friend from my writing group to write and clean the house, respectively), and toddler group on Tuesdays, which I attend with my kiddo as a co-op preschool.

Then the snowpocalypse hit. There’s still ice on the roads in our neighborhood. As I’m a anxious driver who has crashed in icy conditions before, I am very reluctant to drive.

School has been canceled for both my kids pretty much all week and we’ve been cooped up in the house. We all are suffering from cabin fever.

We normally go to a park or an indoor playground every day, even after toddler group on Tuesdays. I am ill-tempered due to nature’s inconsideration of my need for routine. My toddler has watched all sorts of random Netflix shows this week.

But it’s not all bad; we could be dealing with a power outage, like we did last year.

Luckily we live within walking distance of a grocery store, so my husband has been hoofing it there to pick up milk and bread. I am thankful that he was able to work from home.

So that’s been my week. How’s yours been? Have you, too, been cooped up in the house? Let me know in the comments!


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Author: Cassandra Stout

Freelance writer Cassandra Stout blogs weekly at the award-winning Bipolar Parent, a comprehensive resource for parents with mental illnesses. She also blogs monthly at the International Bipolar Foundation website ( Her work has been published in the anthology, How the Light Gets In. Cassandra holds degrees from the University of Arizona in Creative Writing and Journalism. She has been a judge for the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association literary contest for nine years, where her memoir, Committed, recently placed as a finalist. She balances her literary work with raising her children, feeding her cat, and managing her bipolar disorder.

2 thoughts on “The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check In: Ice Edition”

  1. Dear Cass, that surely sounds like a week from Hades.
    I hope your routine is back to its regular structure this week!!!
    Let there be no more “Ice Editions” or “Power Outage” editions for that matter!
    Sending you big hugs and lots of love, as always!

    My past week was snooze-o-riffically boring. I shall share more in the weeks to come.


    p.s. when my girls (now 12 & almost 15) were small, they attended a co-op preschool too! 😜I think it’s great that you participate in one.

    1. Dearest Dyane,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for me! I feel so special every time we talk.

      Sorry to hear that your week was boring, but I’m glad it wasn’t bad at least! I would love to hear all about it.

      My toddler loooooves her co-op preschool. We can’t miss it, because then she gets upset! I like it, too, and I’m so glad that you and your girls had the same chances to go.

      Thanks again for your comments and concern. You are such a sweetheart!


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