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Christmas Reinvented: The 12 Days of Connection

Relationships or things?

Which one are you focusing upon this holiday season?

To be honest, my family’s first Christmas 20 years ago was over-stimulating. An emotional roller coaster. My six adopted children unwrapped one gift after another – many from people they hardly knew.

The following morning,

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Respect Thy Parent Voice

–by Donald Craig Peterson [originally published on the author’s blog, Adopting Faith: A Father’s Unconditional Love, March 19, 2018]

logoPlain and simple. Parents know their children best from years of observation and interaction. They might not used fancy terms. They might not know the latest clinical terms.

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I Wish I Hadn’t Adopted

–by Donald Craig Peterson

I wish, I wish, I wish…I wish I hadn’t adopted.

There I said it. Like a majority of families who’ve adopted children, I wasn’t mentally prepared for the surprises. You know, the chaos inside Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The manipulation and triangulation inherent to attachment disorders.

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Caregiver Stress: It Might Eventually Kill You

–by Donald Craig Peterson
originally published on the author’s website, ADOPTING FAITH: A Father’s Unconditional Love, July 31, 2017
The serious look on the eye doctor’s face was obvious. Then she said, “Are you under a lot of stress at work?”
Instantly I let out a nervous laugh.

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Stronger in Spirit Than I Ever Imagined

–by Donald Craig Peterson

Manager’s note: you can read the original post on Craig’s own blog, Adopting Faith: A Father’s Unconditional Love. Craig also has a forthcoming memoir, Adopting Faith: A Father’s Unconditional Love, and you can follow his son Andrew’s story by clicking “Like”  on the Facebook page, 

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20 Years after the Fetal Alcohol Diagnosis

–Craig Peterson

Manager’s note: you can read the original post, along with many others, on Craig’s own blog at https://adoptingfaithafathersunconditionallove.org/ Craig also has a forthcoming memoir, Adopting Faith: A Father’s Unconditional Love, and you can follow his son Andrew’s story by clicking “Like”  on his special Facebook page,

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Being Investigated? Be Prepared.

Manager’s note: Altogether too many families raising traumatized kids have been investigated on false charges of abuse or neglect. This might be triggered a school retaliating against a family advocating for their challenging child, an ignorant bystander, or even the child himself. Not that it really matters who starts it.

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When your child suffers

Craig Peterson poignantly reminds us of the daily struggles that some of our kids have faced, still face, and may always face.

https://adoptingfaithafathersunconditionallove.org/2016/12/12/coping-when-a-child-suffers-daily/

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What if it’s NOT the most wonderful time of the year?!

Greetings from your new blog manager. You will be hearing more from me next week.

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Meanwhile, does the chaos of this image remind you a little too much of the holidays where you live? Craig Peterson shares some wisdom for helping our trauma kids through a time that can be filled with anything but love,

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That Familiar Holiday Rant: “You’ll never be my real family!”

by:  D. Craig Peterson

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Six words.

For many vulnerable children, they give context to a complicated history.  For many parents who’ve opened their hearts, they cut to the bone.

The words unfortunately rear their ugly head,

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