1. THIS IS WHAT IT’S LIKE…Part 1

    All. My. Life. I’ve been a people-pleaser. The person who constantly considers context and intentions, who gives the benefit of the doubt, who hates to see anyone feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. Even when it’s at the expense of my own feelings and well-being. Maybe it’s because I know what it’s like to truly, genuinely, painfully hurt because of someone else’s words or actions. Maybe …Read More

  2. Screening Questions When Seeking an Adoption-Competent Therapist

    Adoption is beyond complex - the language, the losses, the expectations, the norms, the family dynamics, the feelings...the list is long, in-depth, and specific. When you're searching for an adoption-competent mental health professional for your child, you may assume that adoption is well understood within the mental health field, and that any licensed professional is able to provide your child w…Read More

  3. Repost of Dear People Who Do Not Have a Child with Disabilities

    A wonderfully and honestly written blog that all should take to heart - consider your words carefully when speaking to a parent of a child with special needs. Link to Adrienne Jones' blog on "No Points for Style" - a must read! http://www.nopointsforstyle.com/2013/08/dear-people-who-do-not-have-a-child-with-disabilities.html…Read More

  4. Why Do Kids Lie?

    You know your teenager came home after curfew, your daughter spilled nail polish on the carpet, and your son ate cookies before dinner – so why do they lie about it? Learn about the developmental reasons kids lie below, and explore ways that you can help your child to be more honest. 2-3 Years Old Children at this age typically do not lie intentionally, but struggle to distinguish reality from t…Read More

  5. A Lesson in Self-Care from Our Children

    As we move into mid-summer and kids are home throughout the day, you might notice that your stress level rises, but your child's stress level seems to remain pretty stable. What do kids know that we don't when it comes to de-stressing? As adults, we worry about paying bills, our children, our pets, aging parents, work, losing weight, cleaning the house – and the list goes on. And yet, do you rec…Read More

  6. Tips for Parenting Trauma-Reactive Kids

    While I could write for days on the topic of trauma in adoption and foster care kiddos, I’m writing this blog with the assumption that many parents already understand quite a bit about the basics of it. After all, adoptive parents receive a lot of training about “trauma.” You learn about brain development, definitions of trauma, how it impacts your kiddo and how to be aware of signs that sug…Read More

  7. How to Help a Friend Who is Experiencing Abuse

    Whether you are an adult with a friend who is involved in an abusive romantic relationship, or a child or teen who has a friend who is experiencing abuse at the hands of their caregivers, here are four things you can do to offer support to the person in need. SAFETY FIRST: First and foremost, a true friend puts the wellbeing of a friend ahead of the friendship itself. If your friend is in danger o…Read More

  8. Effects of Substance Use during Pregnancy

    While common sense tells us that alcohol, tobacco or drug use during pregnancy is not healthy for the mother or fetus, the true effects of such substance abuse on an unborn child are still being researched. Because a pregnant woman who abuses these substances is also more likely to engage in other unhealthy behaviors, such as having poor nutrition or minimal exercise, it can be difficult to tease …Read More

  9. Is a Social Worker the Mental Health Professional for You?

    It can be difficult to choose the mental health professional that fits your needs. The media often portrays psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers interchangeably, even though there are significant differences in the training these professionals receive, and the services they offer. April’s weekly blogs will focus on helping you to understand the differences between th…Read More

  10. Is a Psychotherapist the Mental Health Professional for You?

    It can be difficult to choose the mental health professional that fits your needs. The media often portrays psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers interchangeably, even though there are significant differences in the training these professionals receive, and the services they offer. April’s weekly blogs will focus on helping you to understand the differences between th…Read More