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When Expectations Meet Reality

posted on June 16, 2021

When our expectations are unmet we find ourselves at a crossroads in our parenting. We can continue down the same road of frustration and chaos, or we can reexamine our expectations and lean into the hard places of parenting kids who have experienced trauma. We can shift our expecatations and perspectives in order to better love, serve, and guide our children in the right direction.… Read More

5 Things to Do When You Feel Isolated

posted on February 26, 2021

You go to all the classes. You learn about trauma and the impact it has on the brain. You try to channel your inner Karyn Purvis. But still, the isolation creeps in. At first, you are just keeping your child’s world small. You are working on connecting as a family. But slowly you find yourself pulling away from friends, family, and activities that bring you joy.… Read More

Back to Basics: Compromises, Choices, and Re-dos

posted on January 25, 2021

As parents, it is our natural instinct to parent the way that we were parented. For many of us, our parents did an excellent job raising us to be healthy, happy adults, but parenting children who have come from trauma means parenting children with unique needs. In order to do this well, we need a unique set of parenting tools to help us to connect with, guide, and love our children to the best of our ability in order to create the healing home that they need.… Read More

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Back to Basics: Parenting Resources

posted on January 18, 2021

As foster, adoptive, and kinship parents, we know that children who have experienced trauma have unique needs, and therefore we need unique training, education, and information regarding our children’s needs and how to best parent them. With the wealth of…… Read More

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

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

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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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Do I Have to Tell my Child That?

posted on January 30, 2015

Listen as Michael and Amy Monroe discuss the joys and challenges of sharing your child’s story with them. We need to remember that we have two responsibilities as; protecting their story and sharing it with them. This video is available…… Read More

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

posted on November 26, 2014

I love Thanksgiving. It might just be my favorite holiday. I didn’t grow up recognizing a national day of thanks and so I look forward to celebrating this year again. I love the way it smells, the weather is usually…… Read More


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