Parenting around our house in the last few years has been a nightmare. With a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), normal parenting skills are useless. Time outs, sending the child to their room to “think about” their behavior, and yelling have no effect on a child with RAD. It takes more. It takes a commitment not only from Mom and Dad, but the entire support system put in place to help heal the RADish.
In the beginning, parenting a RADish is overwhelming. The battle scars are deep and the line in the sand has been caste in stone. No one is the winner because everyone has lost battles. But there is still a war to be won.