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Neglect Changes the Brain:  Neglect 101

Neglect Changes the Brain: Neglect 101

I used to explain way too much by referring to hypervigilance. These days, I’ve come to understand better the variety of factors that can cause the meltdowns we see in our kids from hard places. I want to briefly explore: the intimacy barrier, sensory overload, will...

Who am I?  Intro to Identity Development

Who am I? Intro to Identity Development

We’ve gotten glib about this very complicated issue. “I identify as she/her, white, mother and Texan.” Or “I identify as a black American.” Though not an adoptee, I am very aware of my experience with identity development. My chaotic family fell short in comparison to...

Balancing Act: Family Systems 101

Balancing Act: Family Systems 101

I usually talk to you about how to take care of yourself first so you can take care of others. This time I want to explore the art form known as a family. I could pick any of several metaphors for this: a car, the human body, a track ball mouse, or a crib mobile. They...

Don’t Look Too Closely: Traumatic Identity 101

Don’t Look Too Closely: Traumatic Identity 101

I have to remind myself to offer my credentials occasionally to those readers who may wonder why I write the way I do. Though I have a Master’s degree in Psychology (and have let my counseling license lapse); it is not this that I feel is the best source for my...

Politics Aside:  Transracial Adoption Awareness 101

Politics Aside: Transracial Adoption Awareness 101

Skin color matters. Hair texture matters. History matters. I know I risk angering some readers with these ideas but that has never stopped me before. I hope you will stay with me. 1. My daughter’s best friend in high school was a black girl whose daddy had served in...

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