October 19, 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) […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

This is My Brain on Drugs

Hi All – Remember that old commercial that showed an uncooked egg and said “this is my brain”. Then they cracked the egg into a frying pan and said “this is my brain on drugs”? Well that is a phrase that goes through my head almost daily. You see, my youngest (#5) was born drug […]

What Is Going on Inside A Reactive Attachment Disorder Child’s Mind – An Insider’s Look

My son came home from school heartbroken today – his girlfriend broke up with him (via a friend based on what something another boy said supposedly!). He was crying buckets which was hard enough. But what was even harder was he wouldn’t talk to us. No that is an understatement, he yelled at us that […]

Another Sunday In the Life!!

Our family goes to church on Sundays, almost every Sunday. It is part of the fabric of who we are! We belong to a family of believers and this is part of what we are honored to be able to do being part of this family. We have gone to church on Sunday ALL of […]

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 […]

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