taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (adoption/foster)

(In this post when I talk about our children who came from a scary place, I am including those who were neglected or abandoned. Although they weren’t abused or frightened by some larger person, their experience was extremely fearful for a child.) I’m not a fan of fear. In college you would have thought differently.…

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making Halloween happier (adoption & foster care)

How do we stay sane during Halloween? It can be hard, even with kids who don’t have sensory issues, or attachment issues. The first goal is to make it fun for your child. For children with attachment issues, I don’t agree with the approach of removing everything fun in their life. If there’s no fun,…

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trick or treat smell my feet

I had a double whammy. Both Justin and his mom were teaching Payton to say, “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.” But when it came time to collect the goodies she barely remembered to say, “Trick or treat,” she was so focused on the candy in the bowls. =)…

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