A Fun Way To Teach Children to Control Emotions


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias My kids and I loved the Disney/Pixar movie, Inside Out! (Have you read my Inside Out movie review for foster/adoptive parents?) What makes the Inside Out movie a great tool in parenting is that it gives kids a language to talk about the … [Read more...]

What Foster Parents Need to Know About Inside Out


Most children at some point struggle with controlling their emotions. My son who suffered intense hunger as an infant, still struggles with overwhelming emotions when he is hungry. Through the years, I have been trying to help him understand how his brain reacts when he gets hungry, and help him “use his words.” So naturally, I was excited about Inside Out — the new … [Read more...]

Celebrating Amazing Foster Dad of FIVE Little Ones


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NauticaforDad #CollectiveBias We became foster parents in 2008 and have fostered 16 kids during that time.  As parents of neglected and traumatized kids, our journey has not been easy one. In fact, we've had to learn our limits as parents, especially with the placements in … [Read more...]

How Can Attachment Become So Disorganized?

80 percent of abused children have disorganized attachment.

Before becoming a parent, a person should understand the four attachment parenting types. Specifically, foster parents should study the disorganized attachment style. Why? Because 80% of abused children come from a home with a disorganized attachment style - an attachment based on FEAR. (Parenting from the Inside Out by Dan Siegel) How is Disorganized Attachment … [Read more...]

Life Didn’t Stop Just Because I Had Cancer


One year ago, I discovered that I had cancer. The diagnosis of cancer paralyzed me emotionally for months with many days of nonstop crying. Throughout my cancer diagnosis, I was emotionally spent and exhausted. Sometimes for no reason, the tears would fall at the most inopportune times: driving to a Little League game, seeing a mom with her baby in the store, attending a … [Read more...]