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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.
I’m going through a really difficult season with
one of my kids right now. I’ve been brainstorming how to help my relationship with this child grow and flourish. Often this relationship feels like a one way street. Instead of getting upset about it and continuing down the rabbit hole, I’ve made up my mind that instead of letting the relationship woes fester, I’m going to keep doing my part. My nature when things get hard is to pull back. If one of my kids is single handedly trying to drive me crazy, then my instinct is to pull back from them, when usually what that child needs is for me to draw near. It’s counter intuitive to everything I want to do.
While there’s not an affirmation app for that—you do have everything you need in the six inches between your head and your heart to fill up your child’s tank. Affirming words, when properly applied, have the power to motivate a child and shape his or her attitude about themselves and where they stand in the world.
For many years adoption has been viewed as a perfect arrangement for all involved. What has not been taken into account are the emotional effects adoption has on all members involved, most specifically, for the purpose of this paper, the adoptee. These effects, or issues, can be managed as long as they are recognized and acknowledged. Adoptees’ psychological issues need to be addressed by mental health professionals in order to recognize and effectively treat symptoms of low self-esteem, lack of trust, and dissociation.