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All Blog Posts Tagged 'reactive' (12)

Bucketful 'O Feelings

Emotions and feelings shouldn’t be a hard thing, although ask any man in an all-female household and he will tell you he is screwed when it comes to feelings and emotions.

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Added by Lanita Moss on November 1, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments

Mothers and Daughters

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…

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Added by Lanita Moss on September 22, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

RADish Hugs

Radishes really can’t hug, but then neither can RADishes.

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…

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Added by Lanita Moss on September 13, 2011 at 8:22am — No Comments

Healing Hands of a Sister

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).

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on September 1, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments

Two More Days...But Who's Counting?

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.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on August 15, 2011 at 10:32am — No Comments

The Courage to be Angry

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.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on July 25, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments

Tilting at Windmills

 

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.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on March 2, 2011 at 8:28am — No Comments

Here We Go Again

I was originally going to write a post entitled A Change is in the Air, about Elliott and how well she is doing with her RAD therapy. We have spent the last 18 months meeting with a therapist, changing the way we parent, turning… Continue

Added by Lanita Moss on October 20, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Fearing Failure

I’ve had to do some hard things in my life; I listened on the phone as my doctor told me I had breast cancer, then somehow managed to catch a flight from San Francisco to New York to be at my breast surgeon’s office the next morning; I’ve buried a husband…scattered his ashes in the ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia; I’ve flown to Russia… Continue

Added by Lanita Moss on July 1, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

A Facebook Lifeline

As most of you know, my oldest daughter has reactive attachment disorder (RAD). We recently spent a week in Colorado at a camp for kids with RAD. You can read about it at It Takes a Village. We learned that our kids are broken,

but they can be healed with love, nurturing and a lot of structure and

discipline. We also learned that

as parents, we aren’t bad parents, we are amazing parents…we practice…

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Added by Lanita Moss on June 4, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

It Takes a Village

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.…

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Added by Lanita Moss on May 19, 2010 at 7:49am — No Comments

Being the Mother of a RADish

I am the mother of a RADish. A RADish is a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). RAD is an attachment

disorder that results from a traumatic event in a child’s early life. Elle was adopted from Russia and spent

the first nine months of her life in an orphanage.yes""> Her birth mother delivered her, terminated her parental

rights, and left Elle at the hospital.

A month later, she made her…

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Added by Lanita Moss on April 7, 2010 at 7:42am — No Comments

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