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Diffusing Halloween Triggers

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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Skipping Halloween

Skipping Halloween

Have you all seen the movie "Christmas with the Kranks"? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. It’s a beloved classic at our house. We watch it every year right around Thanksgiving. What a hoot! If you’ve ever dreamed of skipping Christmas, this movie is a “must...

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The Reason Halloween and Trauma Don’t Mix

The Reason Halloween and Trauma Don’t Mix

It’s that time of year again. The kids are settled back in school, there's a delightful chill in the air, the trees are changing colors, pumpkin spice is all the rage…and seemingly without warning, the kids start going nuts. Have you ever stopped to consider why this...

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Child’s Information Sharing Packet Template

Child’s Information Sharing Packet Template

Without any question whatsoever, one of the most frustrating things I have experienced in parenting my kids who had a rough start in life is trying to help others on the outside understand just how complex and comprehensive the affects of early trauma exposure really...

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5 Essential Parenting Strategies for Summer Success

5 Essential Parenting Strategies for Summer Success

All,  Summer can be a challenging time for parents. This is especially true for parents whose children struggle with intense emotional and behavior challenges. Unfortunately, because of the unique nature of these issues, we can't do things the same way other families...

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The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play

Playtime used to be fun. When my daughter was born, play came quite naturally for both of us. It was a joyous thing and we played together all the time. Knowing what I know now, it was a critical piece of our bonding and attachment. As she got a little older and was...

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Is it Fair to Compare?

Is it Fair to Compare?

‘Tis the season. Social media is currently bombarded with pictures of prom, graduations, and celebrations. Additionally, there are still tributes to moms floating around, gratitudes and simple gifts, sports accomplishments, school awards, and scholarships. All of...

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Are you content to stay where you are?

Are you content to stay where you are?

Are you content to stay where you are?   Stop! You've seen that question at least twice now. Don't just gloss over it. Take a good, hard, honest look at it. Do you love the life you are living? Do you like the people you live with? Are you satisfied with the direction...

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You Were Right

You Were Right

As I reviewed one of my old blogs this morning, I came across the most emotionally charged post I have ever written.  I wrote it about 3 weeks after we returned to the United States after adopting our kids. Though it is quite possibly the shortest post I've ever...

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Feeling Stuck in the Muck?

Feeling Stuck in the Muck?

Are you feeling bogged down, all alone in the middle of nowhere, and hopelessly stuck in a swamp of sticky mud?  If so, you are definitely not alone.  I've been there myself.  In fact, I think most of us who have lived this life of parenting tough kids have been there...

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Regarding Survival and Serenity

Regarding Survival and Serenity

sur·viv·al - /sərˈvīvəl/ Noun: The state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances. / An object or practice that has continued to exist from an earlier time. Survival is a good thing, right? It sounds...

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Change Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

Change Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

They say the only constant in life is change.  We all know change is going to happen eventually.  We all know that nothing can stay the same forever.  Yet it seems to be human nature to fear  that inevitable change.  Rather than embracing if for what it...

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I’ve Moved!

I’ve Moved!

Welcome to my new pad! I'm glad you've found me! My previous blog, From Survival to Serenity has moved!  It is now part of my new website and my new adventure in life.  I will leave a forwarding address post on my old blog for a little while just so all my...

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