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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...

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...

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...

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...

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”...

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...