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Episodes

#54: [Mentor Moment] What Should I Look For In A Mental Health Professional?

9/17/2019
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Mentor Moments give you a chance to join the conversation as we answer a listener question. These episodes guarantee we're providing the most helpful tools and resources for exactly where you are. This week's question is: What should I look for when seeking a mental health professional to work with our family? Share your experience and advice in our private Facebook group. Click here to join. Do you have a question you'd like us to answer on a future episode? Call our listener hotline, 24...

Duration:00:07:40

#53: Restoring Your Sanity with Jayne Schooler

9/10/2019
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Why is self-care important? And who has time for it anyway? Adoptive and foster moms are often drowning in the needs of their children. We have so many people to care for, we can't begin to take care of ourselves. Can you relate to this? Today on The Adoption Connection podcast, Jayne Schooler shares some thoughts on seven different types of rest and the importance of implementing them in your life. Physical Mental Spiritual Emotional Sensory Social Creative Relevant Resources and Links:...

Duration:00:35:17

#52: [Mentor Moment] What Are The Best Ways To Bond With An Adopted Toddler?

8/27/2019
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Mentor Moments give you a chance to join the conversation as we answer a listener question. These episodes guarantee we're providing the most helpful tools and resources for exactly where you are. This week's question is: My biggest parenting challenge is bonding with my toddler. Can you give me some suggestions? Share your experience and advice in our private Facebook group. Click here to join. Do you have a question you'd like us to answer on a future episode? Call our listener hotline, 24...

Duration:00:08:16

#51: The Truth About RAD with Karen Buckwalter

8/20/2019
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Are you coping with really challenging behaviors with your child and searching for help? Often, as parents, we're looking for a diagnosis that will give words and validity to what we're seeing in our kids. If you have questions about Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), the impact of trauma, or similar issues, you'll appreciate hearing from Karen Buckwalter, a therapist with decades of experience specializing in trauma and attachment. Relevant Resources and Links: Karen on LinkedIn Chaddock...

Duration:00:51:08

#50: [Mentor Moment] How Should I Handle Homework Battles With My Adopted Child?

8/13/2019
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Mentor Moments give you a chance to join the conversation as we answer a listener question. These episodes guarantee we're providing the most helpful tools and resources for exactly where you are. This week's question is: How should I handle homework battles with my adopted child? Share your experience and advice in our private Facebook group. Click here to join. Do you have a question you'd like us to answer on a future episode? Call our listener hotline, 24 hours a day, at (208) 741-3880...

Duration:00:08:22

#49: Talking Honestly about Adoption with Mike Berry

8/6/2019
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Do you ever wish you had an experienced adoptive/foster parent available to answer your questions night or day? If you do, you're going to love hearing from Mike Berry about the new book he and his wife, Kristin, wrote. Honestly Adoption: Answers to 101 Questions about Adoption and Foster Care is being released today, August 6, 2019! Each question is its own chapter so it's easy to find answers right when you need them. Don't miss this fun and interesting interview as Mike shares their...

Duration:00:35:27

#48: [Mentor Moment] How Do I Know If A Behavior Is Due To Adoption And Trauma or Just Typical Kid Behavior?

7/30/2019
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Mentor Moments give you a chance to join the conversation as we answer a listener question. These episodes guarantee we're providing the most helpful tools and resources for exactly where you are. This week's question is: How do I know if a behavior is due to adoption and trauma or just typical kid behavior? Share your experience and advice in our private Facebook group. Click here to join. Do you have a question you'd like us to answer on a future episode? Call our listener hotline, 24...

Duration:00:06:36

#47: Lessons in Parenting from Adult Adoptee and Adoptive Mom Jeri Lea Kroll

7/23/2019
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If you're anything like us, you love adoption stories, especially when told by different members of the adoption triad. You'll especially love hearing today's guest, Jeri Lea Kroll, tell her story of being an adoptee and later becoming an adoptive mom. We were captivated. Jeri Lea is also a therapist; you can imagine how rich this interview is. Don't miss this one if you want to understand the adoptee perspective, and how her experience impacts that way she parents her daughter. Relevant...

Duration:00:46:05

#46: [Mentor Moment] Should I Test and Diagnose My Adopted Child?

7/16/2019
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Mentor Moments give you a chance to join the conversation as we answer a listener question. These episodes guarantee we're providing the most helpful tools and resources for exactly where you are. This week's question is: My child has more challenges than nearly any other child I know. Should I have my child tested and diagnosed? Share your experience and advice in our private Facebook group. Click here to join. Do you have a question you'd like us to answer on a future episode? Call our...

Duration:00:14:04

#45: One Family’s Story of Perseverance with Emily Norton

7/9/2019
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Ever wonder what would happen if God suddenly gave you the opportunity to share what is most important to you? This is what happened to our guest, Emily Norton, when a video about her and her husband (then fiance) went viral with millions of views. "Quadriplegics do not simply walk again - yet millions watched as Chris Norton took ten nearly impossible steps. With his fiancée, Emily, supporting at his side, those unbelievable steps became the start of an extraordinary journey for them both."...

Duration:00:52:56

#44: [Mentor Moment] Should I Homeschool My Adopted Child?

6/25/2019
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Mentor Moments give you a chance to join the conversation as we answer a listener question. These episodes guarantee we're providing the most helpful tools and resources for exactly where you are. This week's question is: Should I homeschool my adopted child? Share your experience and advice in our private Facebook group. Click here to join. Do you have a question you'd like us to answer on a future episode? Call our listener hotline, 24 hours a day, at (208) 741-3880 to record your question.

Duration:00:11:40

#43: Setting Realistic Expectations to Help Your Child Succeed with Deb Jones

6/18/2019
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Today's episode is for every mom with kids from "hard places" and especially moms whose children have brain differences due to trauma, prenatal exposure, or other factors. Debbie Jones is the adoptive mom of a young adult son with FASD. Today she shares her wisdom and wealth of experience with setting realistic expectations for our children in order to help them succeed. Her story is honest, real, and filled with hope. Don't miss it! Links Relevant to this episode: Connect with Deb on...

Duration:00:44:07

#42: Practically Preparing For Your Adoption or Fostering Journey – The 6 most important things you need to do

6/11/2019
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If you've ever wanted to ask experienced adoptive and foster moms what practical things they would recommend you do before bringing new children into your family, this episode is for you. If you are in the midst of fostering or adopting, you'll get fresh ideas to help you as you parent and love your kids. This is the second half of a discussion we began last week about preparing to become foster or adoptive parents. Last week, we discussed internal preparations: mental, emotional, and...

Duration:00:32:24

# 41: Mentally Preparing For Your Adoption or Fostering Journey – The 11 most important things you need to know

6/4/2019
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If you've ever wanted to ask experienced adoptive and foster moms what they would recommend you do before bringing new children into your family, this episode is for you. If you are in the midst of fostering or adopting, you'll get fresh ideas to help you as you parent and love your kids. Today we're talking about 11 things you can do to prepare mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually for being an adoptive/foster parent. The 11 Most Important Things You Need to Know 1. Take care of...

Duration:00:40:49

#40: Parenting Kids with FASDs and Invisible Disabilities Successfully with Eileen Devine

5/28/2019
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If your child's brain has been affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, drugs, extreme stress, or other factors, there are 8 areas of brain function that may be affected: Developmental level of functioning: Social skills and adaptive behavior Sensory systems, sensory-motor integration Nutrition Language and communication Processing pace Learning and Memory Abstract thinking Executive functioning Don't miss this interview with Eileen Devine, LCSW, an expert on FASDs. She discusses the...

Duration:00:54:36

#39: [Mentor Moment] Should I change my adopted child’s name?

5/20/2019
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Mentor Moments give you a chance to join the conversation as we answer a listener question. These episodes guarantee we're providing the most helpful tools and resources for exactly where you are. This week's question is: Should I change my adopted child's name? Share your experience and advice in our private Facebook group. Click here to join. Do you have a question you'd like us to answer on a future episode? Call our listener hotline, 24 hours a day, at (208) 741-3880 to record your...

Duration:00:10:34

#38: Fostering and Adopting Teens with Kristin Berry

5/14/2019
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If you're considering fostering or adopting older kids or teens, this episode with Kristin Berry is for you. We talk about what it's like to foster teens in your 20's and early 30's when the age gap is small, and you've never parented teens before. We discuss the lessons we've learned from adding older kids to the family - including respecting where they've come from and the lifelong process of attachment. Kristin also shares the sweetest part of having older kids while you're still young -...

Duration:00:45:06

#37: Are video games actually bad for kids?

5/7/2019
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Video games - do you love them or hate them? Do you worry about the influence of gaming on your kids? In this episode, Melissa and her husband, Patrick, discuss video games and their approach to managing gaming in their family. You may be surprised at some of their thoughts. Can video games teach kids how to solve problems, work as a team, and even help us connect as families? Relevant Resources and Links: Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane...

Duration:00:52:53

#36: A Mother’s Day Guide for Adoptive and Foster Moms

4/30/2019
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We asked the members of our private Facebook group, "What are your best Mother's Day survival tips?" We took what they shared and added from our own experiences to create this episode. Here are our tips for navigating this tricky holiday: Keep your expectations low and communicate clearly. Focus on someone else. Establish simple traditions. Honor birth moms (and other moms). Celebrate yourself! Relevant Resources and Links: Episode 29: Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday and Live to Tell About...

Duration:00:22:12

#35: Preparing for a Successful Summer

4/23/2019
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Summer is coming, and we’re supposed to have fun. Right? It’s not always easy for families with kids from “hard places.” 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. While our children may look forward to breaks from school and enjoy their days free of the constant demands, they often find this lack of structure very difficult, and their anxiety rises. As...

Duration:00:36:27