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Ashley Christian

5 ways to say no (for foster + adoptive parents)

5 ways to say no (for foster + adoptive parents)

What would it be like if you could be less stressed and accomplish twice as much? That’s the power of focusing your mental energy and making decisions ahead of time. Your brain is the most powerful tool in the world. I want you to supervise it so it can work for your good, and not […]

I messed up with my foster child

I messed up with my foster child

What to do when you’ve messed up with your foster or adoptive child. Parenting children with traumatic backgrounds, was more difficult than I ever dreamed. I’ve been depressed, exhausted, defeated, misunderstood, and on anxious alert for fear of the next meltdown. Raising a bunch of kids close in age with various special needs hasn’t awarded […]

What to do when your foster or adopted child lies about everything.

What to do when your foster or adopted child lies about everything.

What to do when your foster or adopted child lies about everything.  Many parents were raised in a culture with clear moral values. Thou shall not steal, lie, cheat, or hurt other people. Teaching our children these same moral standards and values feels like our duty.  What happens when our kids with trauma background start […]

Help! My foster (or adopted) child won’t stop crying . . .

Help! My foster (or adopted) child won’t stop crying . . .

Help! My foster (or adopted) child won’t stop crying . . . I’ve been there friend. I’ve lived in that place for years.  The second day we had our 12-month-old foster twins home, I thought one of them had an infection or medical problem because she was crying so fiercely like she was in pain. […]