On behalf of my adopted child and all other adopted children, this Warrior Mama has a few things to say. I am extremely disappointed with a recent article from The Atlantic based on a study by the Institute for Family Studies that has gone viral Continue reading Study shows adopted kids are stupid and their parents’ efforts are worthless (really??)
Note: This is a post about EXTREME parenting for those with highly volatile, violent children. If the biggest problem you have is getting your child to make her bed, then this is not a post for you. This one Continue reading Violence and 9-1-1
I gave myself and some dear friends of mine the title “Warrior Mama” back during the years of struggling against all odds to bring our daughters home from Guatemala after the Hague-instigated international adoption shut-down in 2008. Those years were some Continue reading Battle-weary Warrior Mama
This is a picture that my daughter Debora drew last night. A picture really can communicate a thousand words. This one says to me that she is just a lost, scared young woman who desperately craves protection and Continue reading Art Therapy
While my adopted daughter is now 14, my first up-close and personal experience with a traumatized teen was in my classroom. A few years ago, I had an adopted 15-year-old in my English as a Second Language (ESL) class. I’ll call Continue reading Teens and Trauma
Sometimes it can be so easy for me to forget how far we have come and just happily skip along my merry way, thinking that everything is “normal” now and we are never going back to the scary early days of this Continue reading The root of all defiant, stubborn behavior
This is a story about a setback that my son and I went through a few days ago. I originally posted it in a parenting group on Facebook, but I decided to share it again here because it seemed to Continue reading The Setback
I put off starting this blog for a very long time. But now is the time to start. Since the days before my child even came to live with me, I have been hanging out in adoption forums and Facebook Continue reading Welcome to Adoption Roots and Wings!