Stories Archive

Handling food aversion with connection

For our young son, food aversion stemmed from not always have enough to eat before he came to us. He ate all meals sitting in my lap for every meal for over a year

Lasting impact of loss and adoption

Anna’s chorus concert…she was SO excited about it. We’d been hearing for over a week. What she was supposed to wear. What time she was supposed to be there. “Mom, are you sure you

Giving a Child the Space to Heal

Often when a family has hit rock bottom with a child, the last thing parents have space for is to try something new. Even harder is to try something that is so counterintuitive. To

Weekend Reading | Dec. 8

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.

Finding the True-Self of a Child

When we welcomed three, unrelated adolescents into our home–all at one time, all from another country–it didn’t take long to figure out that one was Fight, one was Flight, and one was Freeze. Flight

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

Choosing Joy in the Adoption Journey

He stood there looking at me with pale, icy blue eyes, staring as if through me. He clutched the meager selection of clothing he chose for the one small duffle bag of possessions he

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

One family’s road to healing

Once upon a time there was a family with a really hurt child who was a fighter. She had some points to prove, and she wasn’t going to let anyone get in her way.

Weekend Reading | Sept. 2

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.