Resources for Families


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What to Do After the Tantrum?

posted on January 30, 2020

Yesterday evening our little one was on a rampage – school to ballet to home was just too much. There was hitting, crumpling of beloved coloring pages, screaming and so much more. She was inconsolable. We tried to push through…… Read More

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The Healing Power of Family Tradition

posted on November 18, 2019

Sometimes life just happens so fast, and you realize you didn’t really think things through. Our daughter had only been with our family for six months when her birthday came.  We had a family tradition of friendly “birthday spankings” that…… Read More

Who’s the Boss??

posted on September 23, 2019

This blog post was originally published on the Play Works Counseling blog. I want to say the Boss Card idea was born out of a deep altruistic desire to provide the best tools and resources to already weary parents looking…… Read More

When the Feeling Is Missing

posted on September 1, 2019

This blog post was originally published as a guest blog post on WACAP Now Blog. Those who choose older child adoption face many distinct challenges. Many of the challenges are openly discussed as parents seek out advice and wisdom in how…… Read More

Back to School Resources

posted on August 13, 2019

Securely attached children tend to approach uncertainty with interest and curiosity. For maltreated children, however, uncertainty overwhelms, frightens, and freezes them in their track. Since the learning process is, by definition, about not knowing something, we should not be surprised…… Read More

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An Adoptive Mommy’s Purse

posted on August 1, 2019

I met my sons for the first time 10 years ago.  Even after so many years, the anxiety I felt in that moment is palpable. Sweaty palms. Upset stomach. The intense urge to flight somewhere in the complete opposite direction.…… Read More

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When Two Worlds Collide

posted on October 7, 2018

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…… Read More

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When Two Worlds Collide

posted on October 27, 2016

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…… Read More

Family Nurture Groups

posted on April 9, 2016

  We strive to connect with our kids as we teach them new skills.  Before we can take away a survival skill, we need to replace it with a new one. One of the things we often suggest to families…… Read More

Connection Jars

posted on March 7, 2016

Finding ways to connect with your kids can be hard. Connection jars can give you a quick and easy way to add connecting activities to your everyday routine. Set a certain time each day and allow each of your kids…… Read More