June 25, 2017

Holidays Schmolidays

Something that seems to be common amongst adoptive families is tough holidays. It is prone to make one grinchly be heard to say “holidays schmolidays”!! It is hard to watch the warm, sweet commercials with huge family dinners, perfect present giving, and snowball fights when you are trying to hold a child together who is struggling. […]

5 Things to Say to Someone Adopting

Recently I read an article written by a sweet mom who was in the process of adopting. She shared the crazy things people have said to her. They went on to list 5 things NOT to say to someone adopting. It was good advice. Being on this side of adoption – 21 years later – […]

Respite Care for Adopted Children – Part 2 Finding Respite Care

In my article Respite Care for Adopted Children, I stressed the need to have respite set up both for the child and for us as parents. The next step is finding appropriate respite care. This is the biggest problem because not everyone is fit to do healing (or at the very least – place holding) […]

Respite Care for Adopted Children

Continuing on the Adoption: Let’s Be Honest series, I wanted to talk about respite care for adopted children. This is a hard subject for some mostly because it feels like defeat when we need to ask for a break. But we do sometimes need a break if we have children that are struggling with attachment […]

Open Adoption or Closed Adoption

Hi All – When my man and I were first discussing adopting, we had one huge decision to make. Drumroll please…do we have an open adoption or closed adoption? In our series Adoption: Let’s Be Honest, this is one topic that cannot go unnoticed. Because it involves interacting with birth families. And this is messy […]

Therapeutic Parenting Techniques

Next up in the Adoption: Let’s Be Honest series is therapeutic parenting techniques. Sounds like some hocus pocus language, right? That is what I thought too! I was so confused about why my parenting instincts seemed to be way off the mark at the most critical moments. I didn’t normally yell, wasn’t a belitter, didn’t […]

Therapy for Adopted Children

Next up in the Adoption: Let’s Be Honest series is therapy for adopted children. This is a very real and not much talked about part of an adoptive family’s life. And vital in factoring in on the decision to adopt or not. There is a long list of therapies that could/should/need to be helpful for […]

Emotional Issues After Adoption

In my series of Adoption: Let’s Be Honest, I want to address the emotional issues after adoption. There are many and they, of course, vary by child and family. But there are some commonalities that can be looked at. Namely, their emotions surrounding their parents, both birth and adopted. My 5 kids each feel differently […]

Movement Therapy for Adopted/Foster Children

I shared with you in my series Adoption: Let’s Be Honest, that I would be giving parents looking to adopt or having adopted tools to be prepared when the pain of these children comes out. Today, we are looking at movement therapy for adopted/foster children. Because trauma in children manifests itself in many different ways, […]

Adoption: Let’s Be Honest

Hi All – I made this video last week just for you. Mama Juju has been going through some hard soul searching about adopting and have finally got an idea why, somewhat! Please grab a cup of coffee as I share this with you.   Chat Soon ~ About the author: By Julie HellstromJulie is […]

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