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Therapeutic Parenting Isn’t Complicated!

Parenting hurt kids is hard! There is no question about it. The stuff our kids can come up with, and the extreme behaviors they seem to pull out of nowhere can be mind blowing and maddening at best. Anyone who has tried to do it for any length of time likely also...

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The Impact of Trauma on Brain Function

The human brain truly is amazing. It is Mother Nature's original supercomputer! Our brains controls every aspect of human functioning...walking, talking, breathing, thinking, moving...and most of it happens automatically without any input or thought on our part. The...

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How to Help Others Understand

'Tis the season! It’s that time of year when we realize summer is winding down and it’s time to start thinking about sending the little darlings back to school. For some of us, that thought brings great excitement and anticipation. For others, it causes a deep shudder...

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Homemade Bean Bucket “I Spy” Game

Like so manyfamilies I know, I live in an area where we don’t have adequate resources for help for our kids.  It's not that we haven't looked. They just simply don’t exist!  I know this might sound strange, but this predicament has actually turned out to be a blessing...

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Puppets, Their Palace, and Keeping it Funny!

As many parents of kids with emotional special needs know, Christmas can be an extremely difficult time of year. Behaviors can be off the charts crazy, emotions run high for everyone, and an attitude of entitlement rages in the background. One of several things we've...

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Welcoming “The Hulk” Into Our World

Are you familiar with the "Incredible Hulk?"  Ha ha! Silly question, right? If you're anything like me, your first thought might have been "Yah...I live with him!" Mmm hmmm. So do I! Seriously, though, do you know his story? I'm sure it's changed over time as newer...

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What types of gifts work best for hurt kids?

Let’s face it. Holidays and special celebrations can be a lot of fun, but they can also be VERY hard for families of tough kids...especially when it comes to gifts. Gift-giving can be a tricky balance for sure. At least at my house, if I lean too far in any direction,...

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How do I know if I’m ready for parent coaching?

Take this quiz and find out! Coaching is an amazing process of empowerment and change. While it's true that most people probably wuold  benefit from working with a coach at some point in their life, its effectiveness is often determined by timing and what you're...

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How is coaching different than therapy?

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is "What is the difference between coaching and therapy?" It's a great question! Many people looking for help have some idea what therapy is, but aren't quite as familiar with coaching and how it works.  Coaching and...

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How I Found My Own Emotional Freedom

Freedom has been on my mind this week. July is a very reflective time for our family. It’s a month full of celebrations of freedom, faith, triumph, and courage. July is also the month we became a family. Our adoption trip of nearly six weeks in Eastern Europe forever...

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Celebrating the Cause of Freedom

Freedom has been on my mind this week. July is a very reflective time for our family. It’s full of celebrations of freedom, faith, triumph, and courage. July is also the month we became a family. Spending nearly six weeks in Eastern Europe forever changed us. With or...

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Parenting and the Order of Operations

Back when I was in high school, I had the most off-the-wall math teacher. Let's just say he was unique individual who had his own way of approaching life. He also had some very bizarre teaching methods. I well remember the day he introduced the concept of mathematical...

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Safety First…Always! There are no exceptions.

Safety can be a tricky beast when we're parenting kids from hard places. Oh sure, it is easy for us to look around and see that our children are physically safe. They're well fed, clothed, have adequate shelter, and there are no "bad guys" coming after them. What...

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Wonderful, Marvelous, and Simply Terrific!

A long time friend of mine once posted the following sentiment on Facebook: “If you can find a reason to use words like outstanding, spectacular, terrific, and superb throughout your day, you will find yourself happier than you might have thought you were.”  At the...

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You’ve Gotta MAKE It Happen!

It's been a WILD couple of weeks weather wise on my part of the planet. We've gone from warm and dry, to a dumping and a half of snow (2.5 feet...well past my knees…and all of it coming since Christmas Day), to bitter cold (-20 F) daytime temps, freezing rain, to now...

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How Do I Find the Right Help?

One of the first things we were blindsided by when we adopted our kids was the marked lack of professional help that actually exists out there in the world for issues related to developmental trauma. We had read all the books, we did all the research, we knew what to...

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Redefining Hope

Hope. It's just a simple little word, right? Yes, indeed, it is a simple little word with a whole lot of loaded meaning.  To some it means everything and to others it has become a true four-letter word that triggers anxiety rather than peace. Personally, I think hope...

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RAD vs. Developmental Trauma

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." -- William Shakespeare Ok, ok…so when we’re talking about things like RAD, Attachment Disorder and Developmental Trauma, Shakespeare’s famous quote should probably read something...

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Diffusing Halloween Triggers

Once we figured out what was really going on and driving all the crazy behaviors for our kids during the Halloween season, we still had our work cut out for us. Avoiding the triggers is a huge part of survival. Unfortunately, when those triggers are literally...

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