They Raised Him and He Tried to Kill Them (Part 1 of 2)
All The Wiser · 70 minutes ·

They Raised Him and He Tried to Kill Them (Part 1 of 2)

A few years after adopting baby Matthew, it became clear to Tom Boulet and his husband Ken Coll that something wasn’t right. Matthew had severe behavioral issues and an oppositional, defiant nature that had him bouncing from school to school. Still, Tom and Ken left no stone unturned to get Matthew the care and treatment he needed. After finishing high school and attending a few years of college, Matthew returned home one summer and attempted to kill both Tom and Ken, stabbing them a combined 31 times in the middle of the night. After a miraculous recovery, Tom and Ken share reflections on parenting a child with mental illness and how they found meaning and purpose and a renewed devotion to each other amid tragedy. 

This is a two-part series. Part two will be available on November 16th, 2022

In this episode:

  • Raising a child with mental illness.
  • Learning to ground their relationship in friendship.
  • Clarity of purpose and direction on the other side of pain.
  • How to honor and heal each part of ourselves after a traumatic experience.
  • The role forgiveness and humor play in recovery.

Stay connected with Tom:

Facebook: Tom Boulet

Instagram: @TomBoolayinLA

Charity Donation: Crisis Text Line

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