As of January 18, 2023, Grant Blackford Mental Health and Family Services Society have merged to become Radiant Health. Read More. 

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Kids and Stress

Back in 1994 when my first child was born I remember making a bargain with God to be the best mother I could be.

My kid was going to be smart, active, engaged, crusading to save the world—all by age five of course.  I read to her, sang to her, took her on walks, took her to every library activity, did crafts at home, taught her about recycling and the planet, and as she came of age to participate in organized activities, I enrolled her in dance and soccer and t-ball, and the list goes on.

And then I read a life changing article in a magazine about parents who took their kids out of all but two activities a week—one creative and one physical.  The kids were not allowed to participate in any organized activities on the weekends.  This was time for the family and time for the kids to just be kids.

I felt like someone had just tossed me a lifeline in the middle of the ocean.  I clung to this idea for dear life.

I was completely stressed out trying to be a perfect mother and raise the perfect child.  And frankly, I was stressing her out, too.  So, we made a course correction.  As various activities came to an end, we did not re-enroll.  Instead, we engaged with all the neighborhood families and she just played.  We set her creative mind free and followed her own passions to find what she loved to do—dance.  She’s 21 now and still dances for pleasure and exercise.

The moment I let go of what I thought was doing the right thing for my child, we had less battles at bed-time, less back-talk, and a lot more fun.  We had reduced the stress.  Luckily for our family, we made this adjustment before our first child was five.  Our other kids have benefited from being able to run their own life race without the interference and stress of being over-scheduled.  My husband and I have benefited by being able to truly enjoy the activities they choose to participate in and still have a family life at home.

If you are experiencing challenges at home with your kids as you try and teach good behavior as well as manage their schedules, ask yourself, is this really necessary?  Is my child over-scheduled?  Am I modeling for them healthy habits for stress management? And don’t be afraid to grab onto the lifeline.


Hi there.
We're Radiant Health.

On January 19th, 2023 Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. and Family Service Society, Inc. merged to create a bigger, better, and brighter mental health organization called Radiant Health.

We’re excited for you to meet the new us, and to get a chance to help work together on the new you.

How we help.

When you’re in the middle of it, addiction can feel like a dead-end road. We know for certain that it isn’t. Just like any mental health challenge, addiction is an obstacle on our path. And, with some innovation and hardwork, we can work our way around it. On the other side of that obstacle is a bright future with healthy relationships, purpose-driven life, and a profound joy that’s been missing for all too long.

What do we mean?

Like so many things, mental health is passed down through families. Through behaviors, mirroring, and conditioning, we learn so much of what we know from those closest to us. Oftentimes that’s for the better, sometimes it’s not. At Radiant Health, we’re here to help ensure that your family makes purpose and joy as hereditary as any trait you might pass down to future generations. With a bit of hard word, together, we can make joy run in your family. 

What is Better?

Better ≠ perfect. Better means a path of continuous improvement; of evolution. When we focus on getting 1% better, 1% brighter every single day., we’re able to see the joy in the moment, while feeling the pride that comes with taking the reins over your life and working hard on yourself.  Here at Radiant, to focus on your future, we move towards it one achievable step at a time. 

What is Better Care?

When we talk about “brighter, better care” through our specialized services it boils down to 3 simple ideas. First, better care is safer care. Our facilities and staff are trained and equipped to offer safe, secure facilities during any stay. Second, better care is a respect for dignity. We believe in the dignity of every human being and we treat each person with the same level of respect. Finally, better care is the pursuit of purpose. Our treatment is designed with the firm belief that every person has purpose and, through it, finds joy.

What to Expect?

At Radiant Health you can expect a warmth and cheer that are rare in the mental health space. We believe firmly that the commitment to mental health is a commitment to finding purpose, but also discovering joy in the pursuit of it. Walking through our doors is a simple and transparent process. You’ll begin with an initial consultation with our expert staff, developing a blueprint, and taking that first step towards incremental improvement.