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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 need to tell you that Daddy and I have said those words too. Sometimes we spend hours talking to each other and trying to figure you out. Sometimes I wish we hadn’t read so many books or attended so many trainings on trauma behaviors in kids. Because it makes us question. Why does he do this? Why doesn’t he do that? And it always ends with us wondering “is it because he’s adopted?”
With the many changes in the newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), among the most significant has been the inclusion of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)—a direct response to the dramatic increase in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents during the 1990s.
At the moment when your child’s behavior sends you into your own temper tantrum, it’s not likely that you’ll feel grateful. But you’ve retrained yourself to see your child’s big emotions as an opportunity for healing, right? So are yours.