Posts by Ryan North

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May 1, 2017 Don’t Create a Vacuum There is a great parenting strategy I think we should all subscribe to; don’t remove a coping mechanism or survival strategy from a child unless you have something better to replace it with. Don’t create a vacuum if you are… 1
March 22, 2017 Establishing Healthy Boundaries I recently presented at a conference for adoptive and foster parents. My assigned topic; Building Healthy Relationships and Boundaries with Your Biological Relatives. I was excited when the topic was first assigned to me. There are many books on the subject… 0
October 27, 2016 When Two Worlds Collide When I was a child, I wanted to be an airline pilot. I thought it would be the most romantic way to spend my days floating amongst the clouds. My dad traveled for work when I was a kid and… 0
September 19, 2016 Rest There are many things about our American lifestyle that people from other nations find peculiar. They look at our habits and rituals and don’t understand why we do some of the things we do. One of those things that others… 0
August 30, 2016 The Greatest is Love A friend of mine spent some time in foster care as a child. He was placed in care when he was 10-years-old and reunited with his birth family some years later. There are those who would call that a foster… 0
August 23, 2016 Wherever You Go Some years ago, a friend of mine was involved in a serious car accident on his way home from work. As he crossed through an intersection, another car ran the light and crashed into the side of his car. As… 0
August 15, 2016 Jesus Often Withdrew We started a tradition some years ago in our family that has fast become one of my favorites. We head to the mountains of Colorado for a week at the beginning of August every year. We live in Dallas so… 0
August 8, 2016 God Blesses Those Who Mourn Life is hard. We have to deal with so many things that we would rather not deal with every day. There are things that disappointment us and things that scare us. Disappointment, and sometimes fear, can lead to anger. When… 0
July 31, 2016 Kindness and Mercy   As adoptive and foster parents we all understand that our kids’ stories did not start with us. They each have a history that we are not included in. Their stories range from that of a young mom who placed… 0
July 23, 2016 An Encouraging Word Have you ever climbed into your bed completely exhausted at the end of the day? Have you had days when you’re so tired that you fall asleep before your head hits the pillow? It seems like most of my days… 0