Ames author to present at ASpire meeting

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

The December ASpire meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Heartland AEA Office in Ames, 511 South 17th St.

The topic is “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories,” given by author Kay Marner.

Kay Marner, Ames author and co-editor of “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise,” will share her experiences with raising a child with challenging behaviors. Her book is an anthology of personal essays written by parents of children with ADD, ADHD, OCD, PDD, ASDs, SPD, PBD and/or other alphabet soup diagnoses that take the already difficult job of parenting and add to the challenge. These essays focus on honest feelings, lessons learned, epiphanies, and commonplace and extraordinary experiences. They are written by parents of toddlers, young children, teens and adult children; those who are in the parenting trenches now, and those looking back on their parenting experiences. Topics include: how the children came to be diagnosed, the experience of dealing with problem behaviors in various contexts and settings, experiences with/feelings about treatment (therapies, medications, alternative treatments), school (and other advocacy) experiences, children’s social interactions/friends, and the effect of parenting a difficult child on a parent’s emotional and physical health, marriage and other relationships.

There is no cost to attend.

Please RSVP to Jamie at the e-mail or phone number below if planning to attend, since Kay will be giving those in attendance a free copy of her book.

For more information, contact Jamie Gurganus at or 800-255-0405, ext. 12327. Or, ask to join our Facebook group at:

ASPIRE is a parent-led support group for parents, educators and professionals who have or work with children who have special needs.