How To Follow A Safety Plan In Public Without Embarrassment

Following a safety plan in your home is fairly cut and dry. You establish the plan, you follow the plan, and often the plan is discussed openly amongst you and your children. But that changes when you’re in public. How do you continue to follow your plan and not embarrass your children?

This may seem like a moot subject during this current landscape of life. At some point, however, we’re going to return to normal and begin interacting with others outside of our home. When that time comes, you will have to hold up the safety plan you created to keep your children, and other children safe. But how do we do that and not face embarrassment?

Living In Your New Normal (Part 3): Accepting

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 137

As we continue to live in the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a point where we must begin to accept life as it is. How do we do that when we are parenting children who struggle with change?

Over the past month we have had several conversations with families who are struggling to keep their head above water in this new normal. Their children have already dealt with so much loss in their young lives. It begs the question: will we ever arrive to a place of acceptance? Will we ever full adjust to this new way of life (for however long it lasts?) And if so, how do we help our children (many of which, have little ability to adapt to new circumstances), adjust? In today’s episode we give some practical steps you can take to move toward acceptance. Listen to the episode…

Living In Your New Normal (Part 2): Adjusting

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 136

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for the human race. It has especially left its mark on foster and adoptive families. After the grieving process is in full swing, how do you and your children adjust to the new normal?

If your family is anything like ours, the grief over a new normal set in pretty fast. Graduation ceremonies, prom, spending time with friends, going to the mall, grabbing a cup of coffee, even going to the movies…all gone in a flash. But after the grief is in full swing, we must begin to adjust to a new way of life. How can we lead our children in this effectively as effectively as possible? We discuss in today’s episode. Listen now…

Living In Your New Normal (Part 1): Grieving

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 135

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe and changed life as we know it. For our families, it has brought about a deep sense of grief, and added trauma. How do we navigate this with our children? In this new 3-part series, we discuss the pandemic openly, but also share some practical ways to move forward in this new normal.

Hanging out with friends in the neighborhood, graduation ceremonies, birthday parties, going to the mall, attending sporting events, spring break, being able to leave your house when you want to, the list goes on and on! COVID-19 has changed the scope of human life, potentially forever. For our families, it’s brought about deep feelings of loss, anxiety, and grief. We are grieving the loss of what was, and even the loss of what’s to come. For our children, it means a resurgence of grief from everything they’ve already lost in their lives. How do we navigate this with them? How do we handle our own grief as we help them process? In today’s Part 1 episode, we discuss openly. Listen to the episode: 

How To Empower Your Children To Grieve

Perhaps this post is timely given the current, and rapid moving, changes our children are navigating through right now. The fact is, our children carry a lot of loss with them. How do we empower them to grieve this?

Our children often hesitate to show and share emotion because they have not had a safe place to do that in the past. They may keep hard parts of their story from us because they are afraid we will think less of them, that we will think less of their first family, or that we will not be able to handle the knowledge of the sad things.