The One Thing You MUST Do When Your Child Misbehaves

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Remaining calm during times of chaos is THE single important parenting technique you can master. I've discovered that if my child misbehaves in some way, my reaction to the behavior amazingly determines what happens next. It's funny how I've discovered that I can apply what I learned (and forgotten) in high school science class 20 years ago to parenting my children … [Read more...]

Do Your Children Look Like You?

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How do you create belonging in your adoptive family? A family created through the miracle of adoption, sometimes, to the outside world, doesn’t look like what they think a family should look like.  How many adoptive families have to hear: “Are they all yours?” Family members don’t have to look the same to belong. but we can create a sense of belonging in our adoptive families … [Read more...]

A Fun Way To Teach Children to Control Emotions

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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

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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

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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...]