Practicals Archive

An Open Letter to Pediatric Practitioners

Dear Doctor, One of the toughest things, we as trauma mamas deal with, is handling professionals. Very rarely do we find a professional who truly wants to partner with us for the benefit of

Acceptable Consequences for Connected Parenting

One of the biggest misnomers for parents when they first encounter trust-based or connected parenting is that it seems like there are no consequences. It feels too permissive. This is actually the reason I

Three Reasons Why Mindfulness Benefits Parents

We hear a lot about mindfulness these days. At its core, mindfulness refers to the ability to bring conscious attention and awareness to one’s present experience with non-judgment, acceptance, and compassion. A growing body

5 Truths for Parents

Here are some truths I often tell to the middle aged gal in the mirror. She tends to need straight-forward, blunt talk to gain the clearest understanding. Too many words, while well-meaning, and often

The Ultimate Yoga Resource List for Adults

Click here for the resource list for children. This list provides adoptive parents yoga and mindfulness tools to 1) increase their personal well-being and decrease their risk of caregiver burnout and secondary trauma; 2)

The Ultimate Yoga Resource List for Children

To see the list for adults, click here. This list contains yoga and mindfulness resources that address one or more common needs of adopted children: Family bonding and attachment Awareness of internal states and

Dealing with Overwhelm

I often refer to the experience of parenting kids from hard places as ‘deep end of the pool parenting.’ Most of us were fairly well prepared for kiddie pool parenting or even swimming lesson

Connection for the Win | A Before-School Special

Editor’s note: With the return to “normal” just around the corner, this contribution is a timely reminder that our kiddos from hard places may need a little extra connection to make it through the transition

5 Steps to Handling Misbehavior with Connection

We are creatures of habit. Whether it be the way we were parented or the stress of raising kids from hard places, I find most parents (myself included) are reactionary to misbehavior. The milk

11 Treatment Modalities for Kids from Hard Places

Before parenting children from hard places, I had a pretty bare toolbox. The learning curve after our first adoption was steep. During our journey, we’ve learned about, and even tried, innumerable tactics to serve