How to Encourage Growth Mindset in Children
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3y ago
Growth mindset in children is a concept that is becoming more popular...in schools and with parents. It is the understanding that the brain can grow and change versus a fixed mindset that is predetermined and is set in stone, no matter what you do. Basically, it is how you face challenges and set-backs. ​Growth mindset in children can empower them and greatly impact their success and happiness. This concept of growth mindset in children was coined by Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck. After decades of research, she discovered the ground-breaking idea of the power of mindset. Sh ..read more
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Feeling Judged as Adoptive & Foster Parents
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3y ago
I recently got a call from an adoptive mom. She was feeling down. Discouraged. And the really hard part…feeling like a bad mom. She and her family had just gotten back from a family gathering. In the past, her little guy would bounce off the walls at family gatherings. He ran around with his cousins, laughing loudly, and looked to be having a great time. But eventually, it would come to a halt…either with one of the cousins coming to say he wasn’t playing nice or him coming to mom having a meltdown. This time it was going to be different. Mom was keeping him close. He had bag of f ..read more
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How Trauma Impacts an Adopted or Foster Child
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3y ago
The impacts of trauma on adopted children and foster children are often not the outwardly, visible ones you might expect. They often are invisible. Misunderstood. Misdiagnosed. And sometimes missed all together.  One of the most misunderstood remnants of trauma that adoptive and foster families talk about is rooted in real issues with memory. Okay...so here's an instance in which you will ALL be better off (parent & child) when you can meet your child right where he is at. It all begins at the Hippocampus, the area of the brain where short-term memories are consolidated into long-t ..read more
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Triangulation in Families : 5 Steps to Create a Strong United Front
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3y ago
Triangulation in families can be a big road block for adoptive and foster parents. It is real. It does happen. And the good news...it can be fixed.  You and your spouse decided to become parents TOGETHER. You decided to adopt or foster TOGETHER. You started this journey as a team...as a united front.  Then the daily struggles began and being an adoptive or foster parent wasn’t feeling like you though it would. The tools you had weren't working. The questioning of your ability to be parents played over and over in your mind. Feeling alone and hopeless a lot of the time becomes overwhel ..read more
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A Mother's Love: An Unrivaled Force of Nature
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3y ago
In honor of ALL Mothers... A Mother's Love is endless, all encompassing, and "an unrivaled force of nature"! No other relationship can compare. It begins before we see the face of our child and lasts long after we are gone. It is powerful beyond compare and how we express it leaves an impact for life.  The decisions mothers make and the way they love can literally make or break a child. Now, that is a POWERFUL job, don't you think? Mothers that truly understand their job are patient, unwavering, discerning, protectors who communicate that love, both verbally and non-verbally ..read more
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Meltdowns, Tantrums, and Keeping Your Cool
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3y ago
No matter what you call it - flipping his lid, tantrum, or meltdown - it can be hard to keep your cool. Yes, it's our goal, but in the moment, our emotions get in the way. It's why we are so excited that this month's guest speaker in CONNECT is teaching about Getting Control of Your Breath and Yourself When Your Child is Flipping His Lid, followed by a Q & A session.  Bryan Post, an adopted and former foster child, is one of America’s Foremost Child Behavior and Adoption Experts and founder of the Post Institute. A renowned clinician, lecturer, and best-selling author of ..read more
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15 Sensory Stocking Stuffers Ideas
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3y ago
​Making your list and checking it twice? Don’t forget to add Stocking Stuffer Ideas to your list. Snacks, sensory items, and even toiletries make GREAT fillers for stockings.  15 Sensory Stocking Stuffer Ideas 1. Thinking Putty (Holiday Pack) ​Kids LOVE this…and parents do too! Great sensory input as well as very calming! 2. Playfoam ​Squishy, squashy, and never dries out! 3. Discovery Putty A quiet sensory tool for kiddos to explore, while getting sensory input and increasing fine motor skills ..read more
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Holidays with an Adopted or Foster Child
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3y ago
The holiday season is officially here. For parents, it can be a BUSY time of year. To do lists are long, schedules are full, and expectations and anticipation can take it to a whole new level.  For Adoptive & Foster Parents, holidays with an Adopted or Foster Child can be more complicated and challenging. Holidays often mean transitions, change in routines, increased expectations. It also can be a time when grief and loss resurface. Be Intentional. As at any time of year, being intentional is key. It’s about being proactive in your choices, rather than just reacting and always fee ..read more
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Helping Adopted and Foster Children Manage Feelings
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3y ago
Children who’ve been impacted by trauma often lack good self-regulation. In other words, they have a hard time regulating their emotions. Teaching children about feelings is important. As parents and teachers, helping your child or students identify and understand their feelings and to manage their emotions can make a big difference in their day to day. For some kids, this will take time. And practice. A child who understand their emotions is less likely to use behaviors such as tantrums and hitting to express his or her emotions.  5 Ways to Teach Children About Feelings 1 ..read more
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Celebrating Halloween with an Adopted or Foster Child
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3y ago
If you’ve been to your neighborhood big box store lately, you know it’s coming. Aisles of candy. Aisles of costumes…from the cute ones to the scary, gory ones. Aisles of decorations. Halloween is just around the corner.  As parents of adopted and foster kiddos, you know holidays are times you need to be intentional. Halloween is one where you REALLY need to be intentional. Adopted and Foster Kiddos have been impacted by trauma…and the bottom line is TRAUMA and Halloween do not go well together.    First, we have to come to the understanding that Adopted and Foster Kiddos have been imp ..read more
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