THE MAMA’S WELL
Do you know your Attachment Style and WHY in the world this is important information? Trauma expert, Anna Valdez brings clarity on creating Secure Attachments…
Do you notice patterns of behavior in your intimate relationships that leave you feeling disconnected? Many times we may even be unaware of the source of our disconnect, we just know something is out of sorts and the connection seems to be obstructed. We may even feel powerless to clear the path.
Courtrooms, Judges and Caseworkers, oh my!! Amber Robinson gives clarity to legalities of Foster care
Most of us enter into the foster care and adoption world with only the slightest understanding of what we are walking into. I know this was true for our family. We had no idea what we were doing, we only knew that each one of us wanted to say “yes” to the opportunity to help a child who needed a place to stay and people to care for them.
Navigating biological family relationships with our Foster and adoptive kiddos is often difficult. It triggers heavy emotions that we don’t always know how to move through. Kyle and Tara discuss how their childhood of adoption has played into how they see their role in helping their adopted girls make sense of their biological family history.
Helping our children with schoolwork is a challenge. We can quickly find ourselves lost in the middle of one power struggle after another. Overwhelm, frustration, uncertainty and panic have left me throwing my hands in the air and wanting to quit. Only I know I can’t quit. I can’t quit on myself and I can’t quit on them…
Children who have experienced trauma WILL typically struggle to learn. This can create a lot of frustration when we try to to teach them. Obviously there are many factors that can make learning difficult, but there is one thing we know for sure that makes learning impossible.
Brené Brown describes vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.” I don’t know of anything with as much “emotional exposure” as parenting. When we love big, we risk loosing big. And foster parenting is emotional exposure on steroids.
If we’re being honest we’d all admit to visiting “crazy town” every once in a while. You know, that place where drama rules the roost and things are all but calm… When it comes to teen and pre-teen foster placements the likelihood of familiarity with the dark sides of this destination is off the charts.
There’s no doubt that parenting around the holidays can bring an equal amount of both. We buy the gifts, prepare the foods, decorate the tree, watch our Hallmark movies, and inevitably find ourselves frustrated at some point, that our ideal holiday is interrupted by the reality of our chaotic lives.
Children are usually referred to play therapy to resolve challenging behavior problems…these behaviors are letting us know there is a need.
The benefits of play seem to be undisputed, but the amount of play in our schools and homes seems to be lacking.
A PLACE TO BE Heard.
From special podcast guests to continuing education training Mama’s Well provides access to the latest and greatest developments and time-tested methods for supporting the growth and development of foster and adoptive children. And at the core of Mama’s Well is a focus on the health and wellness of those providing the care. So welcome to Mama’s Well. Dig deep!!!