Weekend Reading | Apr. 25

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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. Happy Weekend!

10 Point Manifesto of Joyful Parenting

Today, the moment when I am most repelled by a child’s behavior, that is my sign to draw the very closest to that child.

When Adoption Isn’t Easy – The Things Nobody Wants To Say Outloud

Sometimes, I just want to be a “plain ‘ol” mom.  I want to be able to sit around a table and talk about my rough days without being looked at with wide eyed horror or like I’m a three-eyed monster.  Sometimes, I just want to be so honest about my thoughts and not judged.  Sometimes, I just need to be seen as a mom, wife, woman… just trying to love Jesus and her family and doing her best to do what’s right.  I’m just like every other mama…

New thinking on brain-science therapies could help foster kids

Therapies based on brain science — and limited use of antipsychotic medications — are the answer for thousands of foster kids whose traumatic childhoods have left them with depression and extreme aggression, according to a growing number of experts. Many children taking antipsychotic medications do not have psychosis but trauma-induced behavioral problems with symptoms that mimic mental illness, researchers and child advocates said.

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