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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.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) receive a diagnosis based on their behavior: age-inappropriate fidgeting, inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and trouble sitting still and concentrating. However, according to new research presented today at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada, these behaviors may also be linked to childhood trauma.
All children adopted after foster or orphanage care have had their attachment cycle damaged. Once we understand that there is a real reason (other than just choosing to be difficult) for some of our children’s challenges (the tantrums, defiance, lying, stealing, shutting-down, manipulation, control, etc.), we can begin to address the root cause. With time and purposeful parenting, you can repair your child’s attachment cycle, heal their bodies, calm their brains, and improve their behaviors.
Will we make mistakes? Yes. We’re human and we will always do things that, when looking back, make us cringe with remorse and hurting hearts. We won’t always make the right choices, say the right things, or discipline in the right way. We’ll lose our cool. We’ll yell when we shouldn’t, throwing around words that we shouldn’t, and pierce little hearts even without meaning to. Maybe we even emotionally shut out our kids for a time out of sheer mental survival.
It happens. To EVERYONE.