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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...

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...

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 Halloween Epiphany: It wasn’t the candy. It was the costumes!

Halloween used to be the absolute WORST time of year for our family. Everywhere we turned there were reminders of trauma. There is no escaping them, especially at this time of year. They are in the schools, the stores, the neighbor’s yards, and all too often they even...

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...