Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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.
Over the years, I have encountered a few “honest” adoptive mothers who have shared their experiences with me. I have come to the realization that adoptive parents (moms especially) live in isolation. They are afraid to talk about their “ugly” thoughts and feelings.
I’m constantly approached by parents who want to toss out a behavior problem and have me come up with the best answer as to how the parent should deal with that particular behavior. They are asking, “How do you fix __________? Fill in with anything ranging from “My child won’t get dressed for school” to “My teen is using dangerous drugs and hanging out with unsafe kids.”
When typical problems – associated with an unattached child – began several years later in middle school, no teachers connected the dots. They assumed my sons were just like every other irresponsible adolescent who would learn from their mistakes. Yet they still needed a nurturing hand – one with minimal judgment and lots of compassion.