Why Is Emotional Regulation So Important?

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 14, Episode 114

Your child routinely becomes stressed, anxious, or wiggly, and you have no idea what is going on, or even what you can do to help them. We get it. That’s why our brand new podcast series is all about how to parent through this.

We know that some children with trauma histories can display extreme behaviors (aggression, belligerence, disrespect, or even violence). But what about the child who deals with major anxiety, stress, nervousness, or often seems physically out of control of his or her body? That’s where emotional regulation is key. But what does that mean? Check out our latest episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast where we discuss this. Listen in now…

How To Handle Overstimulation During The Holidays

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 8, Episode 69

Trees! Lights! Parties! Presents! Friends! Family! Concerts! Cookies! Candy!  How can you help your child navigate all of the overstimulation they are experiencing during this time of year?

The holiday season is full of fun and exciting sights, sounds, smells, treats, and activities. Mike and Kristin have asked their good friend, Jenn Hook, to join us today as they discuss some ways parents can handle overstimulation with their kids during the holiday season.  Listen in now for Part 2 of 4 in our “Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks Series.”

Why My Job As A Parent Is Not To Control My Child’s Emotions.

As parents, we want the best for our children. Our hearts break when their’s break, our joy soars when theirs soar. When things fall apart, we do our best to fix it. But maybe we’re not supposed to be in control of every emotion they experience.

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“What your mom needs to remember is that she isn’t in control of your emotions.” The counselor was looking right at my daughter but I knew she was talking to me. We had just had a very emotional counseling session. My daughter was asked to list her stressors. I had known for a long time that I was the cause of some of her stress and truthfully I was relieved to see my name at the very bottom of a long and honest list. Watching my daughter make the list was a mixture of sadness, pride and sheer relief.

How To Stay Sane When Your Child Pushes You To The Edge [Podcast].

Season 3, Episode 22- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

It’s extremely challenging to raise children from difficult places, who often speak and behave out of their trauma. How do you keep from losing it when you’re pushed to the edge by your child on a daily basis?

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We are parenting multiple children with special needs. Out of those special needs we often see extreme behavioral shifts. We find ourselves pushed to the limits, and beyond, on a weekly basis. We haven’t always been able to keep our cool and peacefully navigate the pitfalls of raising difficult children. We understand this battle all to well. It’s been a process for us, as parents, as much as it has been for our children.

7 Monumental Things You Should Know About The Foster Care Journey

Every month we dialogue with foster parents over email, face-to-face, or at speaking engagements, and the the common theme we hear is, “I had no idea what I was getting into.” We understand. Once upon a time, we felt that way. But we learned some valuable lessons that are important to understand before starting foster care.

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Adventure. Frustration. Joy. Anger. Hope. Fear.

Six words that evoke so much emotion. Six words that possess power. And six words I would use to describe the past decade of foster parenting for us. It’s been quite a journey. There have been mountain top experiences and valley low trials. Several times, we almost quit and walked away for good.

4 Parenting Lessons I Learned From Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out.

Emotion. It comes with the territory of parenthood. From birth on, our children will travel through seasons of ups and downs, good times and bad. How do we, as parents, help them navigate these tricky waters of life?

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Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll tell you: I love movies. I probably love them a little too much. In fact, my wife and I have been known to speak to one another in full movie lines. Yeah, it’s that bad!

More than the lines, though, is the story. I love a good story, good plot line, and especially good acting. Give me a Shawshank Redemption-Crash-Avengers-Braveheart mashed into one big cinematic experience and I’ll give you one happy man! There’s something about story, plot, and delivery that makes movies so darn good, and incredibly meaningful to our lives.