Category Parenting

I Am My Daughter’s Keeper

Some of you know that I am also a poet. Often my two worlds intersect. More often, they collide. I worry sometimes that mothering is too limiting a topic for poetry, that it narrows my reach, marks me in some way inferior or as the dread, “woman writer.”  But over and over again I hear […]

Attachment, Support & Community

I find myself preparing a presentation on Reactive Attachment Disorder for a very special audience, members of my church who hope to make a difference for people living with disabilities. We will be meeting to talk about inclusion and accessibility and I will be sharing some of my experience helping my daughter and family build […]

Bouncing

 Last week I attended a presentation by the Parent Information Network  or PIN, an awesome support group for parents raising children with mental health concerns. The topic was “Bouncing Back.” Afterwards, I realized that for a RAD parent, it’s more just bouncing. Once your child has suffered from early childhood trauma, neglect, loss and/or abuse; and, […]

Cope, Communicate and Care

This morning while driving my daughter to school, I found myself explaining how parents deal with our children’s pain. It wasn’t the conversation I had planned. She had been asking about a young friend of hers who had been hospitalized. I felt she needed to know. We talked about the feelings that become too big to […]

Eye Contact

EYE CONTACT

Eye contact plays a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder.  It is the first on the list of Common Symptoms of Insecure Attachment by the Attachment Institute of New England – “Poor Eye Contact (except when lying, manipulating or acting violently).” Nancy Thomas, in her Letter for Teachers insists on establishing eye […]

Finding Our Miracles

This morning, I gave my daughter a push down the hall and she walked off towards her classroom.  Wait.  Let me say that again.  I pushed my daughter down the hall and she kept on walking towards her classroom.  She didn’t flinch.  She didn’t turn.  She just kept walking.  I know this doesn’t sound like […]

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