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Some Thoughts on Oprah

–by Laura Dennis
Yes, I’m talking about that Oprah. Specifically, her 60 Minutes segment and online followup about childhood trauma. I’m not especially given to following celebrities, not even when they support causes I believe in. But last night,

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The Effects of Trauma in the Classroom

–by Janyne McConnaughey, PhD

“It’s just me.”

That’s what I used to think about my behavior, including when I myself was a student.

Then I began to learn. My growing understanding of the effects of trauma on children and how they learn has come from several sources.

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Christmas is Over…What’s Next?

–by Lorraine Fuller

So, you survived Christmas! Yay! I am happy for you. I don’t know how much chocolate, or bread, or caffeine, or alcohol it took, but you survived. Soon the kids will be back to school. So let’s take a moment, even if you don’t want to hear it,

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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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10 Tips to Help Kids with Special Needs Celebrate the Holidays

–by Sara Borgstede [originally published on the author’s blog, The Holy Mess, December 6, 2015]

If you are a parent or a caregiver of a child with special needs, you know that the holidays are not always fun and joyous. Using my experience of many years of parenting children with special needs,

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It’s Not Always Depression, Sometimes It’s the Holidays

–by Hilary Jacobs Hendel

There are many myths and “shoulds” about how families and holidays should be: Families should love each other. Families should get along. Holidays should be fun…To name but a few. The fact is: Many people do not have happy families,

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Chocolate and Chicken Under the Bed

–by Emerging Mama Monica Reynolds [originally published on the author’s blog, November 14, 2017, just in time for the biggest food extravaganza of them all!]

Just this past week, I discovered a new secret stash of food and food wrappers in my child’s bedroom.

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Head. Heart. Repeat.

–by Hilary Jacobs Hendel, originally published on the author’s blog, May 17, 2016
Manager’s note: I’ve lately been in a particularly tough and sometimes dark place as a trauma mama, partly with my kids’ stuff, partly with my own.

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Throwing Myself on the Floor

  –by Janyne McConnaughey, PhD
It was inexplicable. I was a twenty-seven-year-old wife and mother of an infant, and I had just left the family gathering and thrown myself on the floor kicking and screaming. My husband was standing over me with a compassionate but perplexed look on his face.

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That Feeling

–by Lorraine Fuller
It’s a feeling special needs parents know all too well. My most recent experience happened on a cruise ship, on a vacation with extended family. One evening, I couldn’t sleep. My son had gone to a teen party and everyone else had gone to bed early or was off doing something else.

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