June 24, 2017

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) […]

So Many Things Swirling Around

There are so many things swirling around in my head that I wanted to share about Reactive Attachment  Disorder. Then I noticed that most of my posts lean heavily from the parents’ perspective (and rightly so!). However, lately my heart is filled with looking beyond the behaviors of my kiddos and into their hearts. Here […]

Does your child refuse the consequences?

I went to a training this last week put on by Nancy Thomas locally. It was an excellent opportunity that I couldn’t pass on and I am glad I went. I found as always answers to my questions that I didn’t even know I had until someone else asked them. And one I want to […]

Big Feelings

Kids with Reactive Attachment Disorder have no idea how to process their feelings. Everything, and I mean everything , at first comes out as anger. This can be scary for you and trust me it is scary for them. Now don’t be discouraged with this reality check. Because once you get this, there are definite […]

Give Me a Break!

Respite is another area (along with support) that I have found gives me the ability to continue on this amazing journey. With kiddos who have special needs, a break for them and from them is important for all. Finding respite is another story. With our RAD kids, there is special training that must be in […]

Ten Weird Things That Help RAD Kids Get Healthy

One of the things that we’ve learned as we go down the path of parenting Reactive Attachment Disorder children is that in many ways you don’t parent them the same way that you parent attached, bonded kiddos. Here are 10 things that work for RAD kids that you might not expect. Strong sitting. When they […]

Don’t Let Your Kids Use Your Brain

One of the worst things we’ve done over the years is to let our kids use our brains. It happens all the time! It’s just a natural thing to do – they ask a question they can very easily figure out on their own and without thinking, you answer it. Argh! So what am I […]

Parents – Take Care of Yourselves!

If you’re the mom or dad of a difficult child, especially one that’s ODD, ADHD, or RAD, then you know how physically and mentally tiring that can be. These kids can really drain your energy, and you absolutely must take steps to take care of yourself. If you aren’t healthy and well rested, you just […]

Parents of RAD Kids Have PTSD!

If you have a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder, then you know how stressful life can be. One thing we’ve learned lately is that there is a good chance we have Secondary Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD! I always thought this was a disorder for soldiers coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan – not […]

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