Tomorrow is the first day of Adoption Knowledge Affiliates’ annual conference in Austin, TX, and I’m pumped up! I can’t wait to reconnect with other professionals who work with adoption, attend some of the sessions, and meet other adoptive parents and adoptees. And – I’m excited to share my ideas, rooted in an ecotherapy approach, […]
Kids who have experienced trauma – adoption, foster care, neglect, abuse, significant loss – often have unique needs. Traditional parenting approaches don’t always work, requiring some creative, out-of-the-box thinking.
Here is one such out-of-the-box idea: let the lives of wild animals help you out.
The lives of wild animals (and plants) are full of fascinating and interesting […]
Quincy and Buck by Camille Matthews
“Quincy dreamed of trail riding. He wanted to feel the wind blowing in his mane and the sun warming his back….but riding in the desert is very different from riding in a corral. Anything could happen. When Quincy thought about this, he was too scared to go trail riding.”
Do You Have a Child with Past Trauma Who Gets Really, Really MAD?! Check Out These 4 Children’s Books
Uh oh. Anger. This is such a difficult feeling for adults and kids alike. It can be powerful, uncomfortable, confusing, and frightening, especially for kids who have experienced trauma. It’s also a completely natural, normal feeling, and can even be helpful when managed in a healthy way. It provides energy and focus, which can allow […]
I was walking along Town Lake the other day (a popular hike and bike trail along the Colorado River in Austin) when I came upon a family staring intently down into the water. A mom, dad, and their teenage daughter were completely captivated. I didn’t want to intrude, but my curiosity got the better of […]
Like a mad scientist, I researched, downloaded, and experimented. Then I tinkered and tested. Finally, I came up with this list of really great apps.
Each app offers something slightly different, and, all together, they run the gamut from dealing with traumatic stress, daily life stress, PTSD, parenting stress, and burnout and compassion fatigue. They’re all […]
We can’t escape it. We can’t outrun it.
Some people turn to Ben & Jerry for help. Others zone out to Law & Order. For many, tablets, smartphones, and laptops bring needed relief.
Stress. Fatigue. Life is full of it – financial strains, work pressures, raising children, relationships, and health problems, to name a few. If you struggle with […]
This is the last post in a 3-part series on trauma and play. Here is Part 1 and Part 2
Spending time playing together can be a pretty tall order for parents who are raising kids with difficult behaviors. The immense daily stress of […]