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Using snacks to improve behavior

Kids from “hard places” are children who experienced early trauma such as abuse, neglect, medical intervention, prenatal exposure to substances, or even changes in primary caregiver. These children often have significant changes to insulin receptor sites which makes them more sensitive to changes in blood sugar levels [1]. This also goes for kids with ADHD. […]

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Foto Flashback Friday – Archery Edition

It all started with Patrick wanting to take up hunting. The bow-hunting season is much longer than firearm season, so, of course, he needed a bow. But then, accuracy and consistency were elusive. That led to archery lessons which led to a new family hobby. Who knew that target shooting could be so cathartic? The […]

How to keep your family happy even when you’re slacking

The Operations Feed the Family and Keep the Family Happy reached an all-time low over the past few weeks. I literally was stopping by the grocery store daily to pick up a bag of some variety of frozen, pre-cooked chicken product because there was literally nothing else in the house that Ty was supposed to […]

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5 Benefits of Hand Massage for Adoptive Families

Whether you need a calming tool to incorporate into your everyday routine or need a quick, effective, back-pocket intervention during a period of dysregulation, knowing a hand massage technique is an invaluable tool for adoptive and foster families. Here are some reasons why we’re such fans of hand massage in our family: Less triggering than […]

Podcast | #30 Courtney Tipping on Having Faith during Hardship

This will actually be the final episode in this season. Make sure to hang around until the end so I can tell you what’s coming. This week my guest is Courtney Tipping. She told me at the beginning of our conversation that God is good and each day is a new day. I didn’t even […]

Mommy Slacker | April Edition

Every day we see beautiful photos on Instagram and smiling faces on Facebook and may be tempted to feel like a failure. The Mommy Slacker party is here to combat such silliness. No one is doing it all…despite what social media may try to claim. So here’s to some real-life authenticity… Here’s what I’m not […]

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Podcast | #29 Jamy Bechler on Becoming an Adoptive Dad

This week’s guest is Coach Jamy Bechler. He’s a professional speaker, leader trainer, and executive business coach and former college basketball coach. We chat about his journey to being an adoptive dad and some of his misconceptions along the way including what type of child he requested the social worker find for him and his […]

How to Use Himalayan Salt Lamps with Special Needs Children

Whether it’s chemical brain imbalances or just the constant struggle to adapt, kids with special needs often struggle with high anxiety levels. These high anxiety levels are often followed by emotional outbursts, trouble focusing, and low self-esteem. We’re in the boat with you, so I know that any tips and tricks on how to battle […]