5 stages of grief

Noted Swiss-American psychiatrist, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (7/8/1926 to 8/24/2004), posited that there are 5 stages of grief that individuals and their loved-ones encounter when diagnosed with a terminal illness: 1. Denial – Shock and disbelief prevail; the x-ray must have been interpreted wrong! 2. Anger – Why me? This is…

Helping keep anxious children calm

All kids get anxious during the holidays and our adopted and foster kids will regress in their functioning during this time. Parents who notice this regression can use it as an opportunity to help. In part 1 we discussion using Validation and Empathy as tools to reduce anxiety and improve…

It’s not you, it’s me

Parents of adopted and foster kids often feel like they must be doing something wrong since they are not able to make their children behave during the holidays. In this episode we hope that parents will understand that "it's not you, it's them." Although we will be learning interventions to…