June 24, 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. […]

Celebrating the Holidays with Adopted Children

Most of us had visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads when we adopted our kiddos. For some of us, it didn’t take too many Christmases to realize that these young lovelies had different ideas of celebrating the holidays. School = trauma. Playing with friends = trauma. Sleeping = trauma. Holidays = trauma. LOVE […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Holiday Blues

Hi All – As you know I have been writing a series called Adoption: Let’s Be Honest. In this series, I want to basically “out” all the things that we adoptive parents have not been saying. And now we are saying loudly and collectively because we know that silence has not worked to this point. […]

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, […]

Neurofeedback for Brain Trauma

Many of our adopted kids come with brain trauma. It is called Reactive Attachment Disorder. The good news is there is a treatment called Neurofeedback for Brain Trauma that can help retrain the brain. Sounds wild doesn’t it?! But I can give you personal testimony on how it worked for 2 of my adopted kids. Research over […]

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