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The Right Ways to Help a Family Heal

The Right Ways to Help a Family Heal

I truly believe there IS hope in this journey of parenting kids with significant trauma and attachment problems. I believe kids can heal and I know their families can! No, we may never look like the neighbor's neurotypical family whose kids were loved and cherished...

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The Truth About Caregiver Burnout

The Truth About Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout is one of the top struggles we moms of traumatized kids face. There is a heartbreaking trend happening, though. So many good moms of kids who experienced early childhood trauma incessantly beat themselves up because they’re supposedly “not strong...

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What If I Don’t Like My Child?

What If I Don’t Like My Child?

"But I don't even LIKE THIS KID!!" Admitting to anyone, sometimes including ourselves, that we really don't like our kids can be a scary thing to admit! After all, what kind of parent doesn't like their "precious angel baby" child, right? The truth is it happens to a...

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Therapeutic Parenting Isn’t Complicated!

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 Effects of Trauma on Brain Function

The Effects of Trauma on Brain Function

The human brain truly is amazing. It is Mother Nature's original supercomputer! The brain is also very susceptible to damage, especially by trauma and fetal alcohol exposure. The effects of trauma on brain function aren't short-lived, either. They last a lifetime and...

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How to Help Others Understand

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

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 would probably 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?

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

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

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

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 a 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...

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Safety First…Always! There are no exceptions.

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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