I'm not sure how this works, but I'm participating in the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom!
For those of you new to my blog, I am a happily married (to Hubby!) mother of 4 teenagers. We adopted our special needs teenagers from foster care in 2008 - a son (Bear, age 19, currently in jail) and his bio 1/2 sister (Kitty, 18 next week!, a junior, attending a special school for emotionally disturbed children). They have been in our home since November 2006 (an out of state adoptive placement when they were age 11 and 13). We have two younger bio children, a 6 foot tall, neurotypical daughter, also a junior in high school (Bob - see the post "What about Bob" if you're dying to know how she got her nickname -age 16), and a cuddly, hasn't quite hit puberty yet, son (Ponito, 14).
Our company went under in 2011, so I'm doing lots of volunteer and advocate work, plus I'm always job hunting. I want to go back to working in Social Work (I got my Masters degree 20 years ago), but also am a professional seamstress, edit manuscripts, and even do some interior design.
5 years ago, this blog started out as a place to vent and find support from other Trauma Mamas, because we were struggling with what we had gotten ourselves into! The kids are currently diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADD/ ADHD, brain injuries (mostly effecting their memory, processing and emotions), low IQs, emerging borderline personality disorder...
My main goal with this blog has changed to being more of a resource for other therapeutic parents (you can check out my reviews of books and methods and other resources on the right side bar - including my favorite attachment guru - Katharine Leslie. We use a discipline technique called the FAIR Club, which works with both my neurotypical kids and my kids with special needs, and I maintain my Meanest Mom in the World status by sharing it with as many parents as I can! (See the right sidebar of this blog).
I try to be open and honest about my feelings and how we handle things in order to help others know they are not alone. Therapeutic parenting of adopted teenagers with RAD and other mental illnesses and issues, is not easy, and there are time when I say what I feel... at the moment. We're all human!
So welcome to my blog if you're new! Good to see you again, if you've been reading for awhile. I don't post as often as I'd like, but I hope you find something helpful here. Please let me know you dropped by, by posting something nice in the comments!