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Mar 30

The "Connect Back:" A New Tool to Identify Past Trauma

 

As a parent, do you worry about and attempt to persuade your child to stop certain behaviors?  Do you find yourself pleading, yelling, or becoming frustrated with your child’s choices?  

 

Of course, it is a parent’s job to


Mar 15

Top Reason to Consider EMDR as Part of Your Child’s Therapy

 

In a traumatic event, an individual experiences a threat or an assault to their emotional or physical safety or well-being.  Trauma can be one large event, ie: natural disaster, physical assault or a series of smaller events, ie: bullying, name calling, intimidating


Mar 14

8 Ways Parents Can Help Their Child Deal With Rejection

 

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  

~e.e.


Mar 14

Adopt-a-Village: Young Volunteer Connects With His Guatemalan Heritage

 

Adopt-a-Village is a small, grassroots non-profit that works with remote villages in Guatemala. This is an area of extreme poverty with few public services or other forms of assistance.


Mar 14

Top 7 Reasons for Parents to Remain in Their Chid's Therapy Sessions

 

 

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life.

But those who make their journey home across time & miles,

growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,

are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us

by God's very own


Mar 14

Adoption- It's Not All Hearts and Smiley Faces

 

Today's post was submitted from Creating a Family, one of the top adoption education and support organizations in the US.

Here is more information about Creating a Family: Our mission is to help prepare families pre-adoption and then support them post-adoption.  All of our


Mar 14

Poem: "He's Only Nine"

 

Today’s guest post was contributed by The Marks Family (all names have been changed to protect their confidentiality).  Parents, Susan and Bill, along with older brother, Joseph, adopted Darian at the age of three.  Darian had lived in a Guatemalan orphanage from the age of nine months until


Mar 14

Are You A Bucket Dipper or A Bucket Filler?

 

For this week’s post, I decided to review a children’s book.  As I was choosing a book, one of my amazing adoptive moms, Beth, offered her newest find-- ”Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids.”  Together, Beth and I wrote this review.  Thanks


Mar 14

Telling Stories

 

Today’s post is written by guest blogger, Liz, who authors the blog, “Inventing My Life.”  Liz shares the following information about herself:  In the summer of 2007, I turned 40 and decided that I could officially call myself a grown up - so I had better figure out what I wanted to


Mar 14

Ways to Break Free From Unhealthy Family Dynamics

 

 

“If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got."

     --W.L.


Mar 14

Karen Belanger's "Unhappy Birthday"

 

 

Today’s post is contributed by a guest blogger, Karen Belanger.  Ms.


Mar 14

6 Ways to Guide Your Child's Teacher

 

Though the hot, humid days of August are still upon us, summer break will soon  end, marking the start of a new school year.  This beginning can bring about feelings of anticipation and anxiety for adopted and foster children.  Parents can help navigate these first days by steering their child


Mar 14

Key Reasons for Children to Know Their Life Story

 

Every time I meet a new family, I enjoy getting to know each family member.  I delight in hearing their stories: how the parents met, circumstances that led to their adoption, the child’s life story.  I am continually amazed at the strength and resilience the children have shown as they faced


Mar 14

Top Ways to Modify a Child's Behavior

 

 

Glancing at the title of this post, you may be tempted to skip it, “Behavior management is simple –I don’t need to read this.”  But don’t underestimate the power of knowing the basics which helps parents to be purposeful in their parenting, and ultimately leads


Mar 14

An Adoptive, Biological, Frazzled, Honest Mom Speaks

 

 

Today’s guest blogger is Kate Hlava.  Kate Terry Hlava lives just outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 4 children, 3 dogs, 2 cats and a lizard (who remarkably enough is an  invited guest).


Mar 14

"After the Airport" by Jen Hatmaker

 

Today's guest blogger is Jen Hatmaker. Jen is an adoptive mom, author, blogger, and a leader in the ministry.


Mar 14

6 Ways Parents Cope With Shame

 

“The difference between guilt and shame is very clear—in theory. We feel guilty for what we do. We feel shame for what we are.”

        --LEWIS B.


Mar 14

Meet the (Birth) Parents

 

 

Today's post is contributed by an anonymous (to maintain the confidentiality of his family) guest blogger.  He generously bestows his family's inner experience about meeting his son's birth parents.

Mar 14

OUR YOUNGER PARTS HOLD TRAUMA

 

Have you ever been in a situation where your child was triggered, and before your eyes he or she became a “different” or much younger version of him or herself?  We all have multiple parts within us . . .


Mar 12

Understanding RAD, Trauma, and Attachment

 

 

In the adoption and foster care community, there’s a lot of confusion about the differences between Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), trauma, and attachment.  Oftentimes, parents hear symptoms associated with RAD and assume their child is RAD.  In actuality,


Mar 06

In a Moment’s Notice: Caring for a Child with Mental Illness

Our guest blogger is Lori Gertz.  Lori makes her living as a strategic marketing consultant, writer, and reiki master and is currently studying to be a homeopath.


Mar 06

PARENT’S ROLE AS CARE MANAGER

Who advocates for your child?

Who is the lead provider or care manager for him or her?  

Commonly, parents believe that their child’s pediatrician or another significant professional will guide their medical and mental health care.  In actuality, this is often not the case due to


Mar 06

"Mission Possible" by Gem

Welcome today’s guest blogger and adoptive mom, Gem.
Biography of ThreeBecomeFour

My name is Gem and I'm now in my 20s for the third time! My husband, Mike, and I have been together since 1990, having met when I joined his band as a singer.  We've been married since