My wife and I have 5 kids, including a son who’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. When it comes to parenting, the one sure thing I’ve learned is that parenting is a challenge, and we all make mistakes (and the kids take great delight in pointing out those mistakes). When you add a child with bipolar disorder into the mix, the challenge becomes a powder keg. It's not just the parents and the bipolar child who’re affected-the entire family feels the pressure and the pain. Here's a list of "rules" that have worked for my wife and I as we’ve raised our family.