by:  Craig Peterson Six months ago I sat down to write a letter to my 23-year-old son who was incarcerated three hours away. After re-reading the entire stack of his letters, I realized he’d done much soul searching. He had …

The Delayed Effect: When the Fruits of Our Labor Finally Bloom Read more »

by:  Deborah A. Novo It is natural to feel apprehensive and scared navigating through some of life’s challenges and expectations. Much of the time, we can do this with confidence and competence. However, scared doesn’t begin to identify the depth …

Beyond Scared Read more »

by:  Craig Peterson Early childhood trauma. Complex behaviors. The two often go hand in hand as parents and professionals will attest. Although they create enormous challenges for families, receiving an accurate mental health diagnosis for a child can be another …

FASD and RAD — “Cannot vs. Will Not” Read more »

Both social media and the press have been peppered with stories about Arkansas State Representative Justin Harris, whose adopted little girl was sadly sexually assaulted by someone the Harris family placed her with after they found themselves unable to handle …

Representative Harris and the “Rehoming” Controversy Read more »

by:  Julie Beem While the “dress color” controversy and video of two escaped llamas is going viral with the general public, this video is definitely making the rounds on Facebook and in the blogsphere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ypmGTGGN7A Whenever ATN finds something that …

Does This “In Your Face” Video Help Children with RAD? Read more »

This is the final installment in a three-part series that ran earlier this week.  The first installment can be found here, and the second here. by:  Julie Beem “Borderline feels like I’m going to lose my mind You just keep …

The Borderline in My Daughter’s Personality – Part 3 Read more »

This post is the second entry in a three-part blog.  The third part will run tomorrow.  The first part ran yesterday; you can read it here. by:  Julie Beem “Borderline feels like I’m going to lose my mind You just …

The Borderline in My Daughter’s Personality – Part 2 Read more »

Today’s post is the first in a series of three blogs about Julie’s daughter and borderline personality disorder.  Parts 2 and 3 will run Thursday and Friday. by:  Julie Beem “Borderline feels like I’m going to lose my mind You …

The Borderline in My Daughter’s Personality – Part 1 Read more »

December 12, 2015 by:  Craig Peterson Everyone at the elementary school was ready for my two newest sons. The principal had the facts. She “got” it. After several lengthy meetings, the teachers also understood and prepared for a smooth mid-year …

Lessons Learned: Letting Down My Guard TOO Soon Read more »