October 19, 2017

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are People In Your Life Covered With Peanut Butter?

One of the hardest things about having RAD kids is the fact that you can’t lead a normal life. I was talking to a friend today at church and she told me about a conversation she’d had with someone who wanted to trade off watching each others kids once in a while. She didn’t know […]

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 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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