Added by Danialle Birdwell on August 15, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
A mother begins a connection with her baby, while he or she is in the womb. Any mother who has had a child can explain, that carrying a child is an amazing feeling. Those first few kicks, jabs, punches, to getting hiccups several times a day, and those nights where you can’t get comfortable. Once you have the baby, the real job as a parent begins. This tiny human being is dependent on mom and dad to fulfill all of their needs.
Learn how to create a well…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on January 4, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments
A new study has found that women who co-sleep with their babies are possibly more prone to stress than those who don't.
I co-slept with both of my kids, and I could not disagree more.
According to a Fox News article, "Breastfeeding and co-sleeping with baby affects mom's welfare," the study followed 195 women in a Chicago suburb for six months…Continue
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Added by Lanita Moss on November 1, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments
Sometimes I wonder if I am screwing up my kids or if they are screwing up me. A part of me has always thought that somehow my mother’s issues became my issues, and as hard as I try not to be like my mother…I’ve become my mother. Frankly, I think mothers are the reason therapists have…Continue
Added by Lanita Moss on September 22, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments
Reactive Attachment Disorder is a disorder of relationships, so it isn’t surprising that children with RAD aren’t warm and fuzzy huggers. I never really noticed this with my daughters. I am a hugger, so I was always hugging them. I didn’t…Continue
Added by Lanita Moss on September 13, 2011 at 8:22am — No Comments
You can never truly understand a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes. I don’t know what it’s like to be adopted, or to be given up at birth, and I don’t know what it’s like to have reactive attachment disorder (RAD).
Added by Lanita Moss on September 1, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments
Two more days until the girls go back to school. Less than 48 hours in a summer that hasn’t been very much fun.
It has been the summer of RADishes, a three month struggle to help our daughters maneuver through the trials of reactive attachment disorder. At times, it has been a nightmare.
Added by Lanita Moss on August 15, 2011 at 10:32am — No Comments
Our household has been a difficult place to be lately. Like most parents, I am struggling to keep boredom at bay, without sacrificing every moment of my day to my children.
But, the summertime boredom blues is not what is making this summer so hard. My daughter, Hunter, is in the process of turning our family inside out.
Added by Lanita Moss on July 25, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments
I've been telling my husband lately that my life is a lot like Groundhog's Day.
Monotonous. Yes. But I'm actually the one choosing to shape it that way, since it keeps everything flowing smoothly and sanely here.
My personal Groundhog's Day is complete with:
* Anticipating hunger by pre-preparing snacks.
* Thinking of meals in as far advance as I can stand, so I don't end up in a hot…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on July 7, 2011 at 2:01pm — No Comments
Argh! YOU DID WHAT?!
Yes. That's me on many an afternoon. Make that morning. OK, truth-be-told, it can happen at any moment. Today it was the crayon-covered rocker that did me in.
And despite the fact that children are not the behaviors they exhibit, I honestly have difficulty sorting the two when my impatient Aries-anger ignites.
Whew. Deep breath. Calm down. Re-focus. Now move forward.
Yes, having children who are ages 1, 3 and 5 can be challenging. But…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on July 2, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments
It's storming outside tonight. Again.
I'm craving sunshine. Yes. This rain-loving, born-in-San-Diegan wants warmth from the sun and natural, bright light.
But, it is still May. One more day anyhow. And another shower can't be bad for the rainforest that surrounds us here. So, I'll just write about last night. When it wasn't raining. When it was surprisingly cold out and the sun was setting beyond the forest's edge.
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Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 31, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The hardest thing about being a parent of special needs children is…
Wow, I can’t tell you what the hardest thing is because it keeps changing. When it was just Elliott with her RAD, there was a small chance I could keep all the balls in the air. I had a fairly good handle on her current issues and how she was handling them. She has made great progress over the last 10 months, but she still has her moments.
Added by Lanita Moss on March 2, 2011 at 8:28am — No Comments
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Added by Lanita Moss on October 20, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments
Today one thing is on my mind. It’s about all of the unintentional modeling we do. The modeling of imperfection. The modeling of poor parenting. The modeling of rushed decisions.
When I think about the parent I strive to be, it doesn’t usually include many flaws or mistakes. It’s a…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on August 17, 2010 at 12:08pm — No Comments
Added by Lanita Moss on July 1, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments
My daughter has Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). She has it because she spent the first nine months of her life in a Russian orphanage.yes""> It wasn’t caused by anything she did, she just didn’t get the love, attachment and bonding that she needed as an infant. And then I adopted her. Unfortunately, as a grieving widow, I
really didn’t have the emotional surplus to give to her, to help her bond and
rebuild her broken brain.…
Added by Lanita Moss on May 19, 2010 at 7:49am — No Comments