Tips for Seeking Respite Care

Oh, the elusive respite. We all know we need it, but the barriers to get there seem insurmountable…especially considering our fragile, stressed out state. Here are some mental hurdles you may have to overcome ....more

Essential Oil Popcorn

Because we allow ourselves to cheat on the grain-free thing 20% of the time, one family favorite snack is POPCORN! I experimented recently with how to incorporate essential oils. First, I tried popping it as usually and drizzling it with coconut and essential oils ....more

Weekend Reading | Jan. 23

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net This week the reading is one long story which was published in four parts. Long but worth the read. The Neglected Brain, Part 1 Danielle’s story illustrates the dangerous and long lasting effects of neglect on the brain, the body and the spirit ....more

What about the siblings?

I get a lot of questions about how our adoption of Ty affected our bio kids. Or how our out-of-birth order adoption of three unrelated teen/tweens affected the kids who were already at home. The human part of me is telling you it sucks and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone ....more

Self-Care | The Missing Piece of Trust-based Parenting

With almost every strategy or tool I’ve been given that reflects connected or trust-based parenting, my initial instinct is to scream, “EASIER SAID THAN DONE!” Because healing trauma is a marathon, not a sprint, there is plenty of time for me to get frustrated and keep repeating my self-pit mantra. With every maladaptive behavior, I am tempted to blame my child–not her trauma. I struggle to find the compassion she needs for healing and security ....more

{Classical Conversations} Cycle 3 | Week 15

We’re really simplifying this year. You can see our Game Plan...more

Foto Flashback Friday

I dug these up from LAST Christmas. As in 2013. Yup, pretty behind in life ....more

Weekend Reading | Jan. 16

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. 20 Signs of Unresolved...more

Birthday Parties

Sometimes success in a certain situation rests largely on how we prepare us and our kids and how we set our expectations. We have to be look ahead and mitigate risk much like a secret service detail. photo courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Kids with trauma histories often have sensory processing challenges which make most parties a nightmare ....more

Weekend Reading | Jan. 9

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. 10 Things To Do Differently *Before* You Lose Your Temper The one thing I’ve struggled with more than anything else in the last nine years of parenting has been temper ....more