But then time gets away from me and they build up and I forget. :(
So, I am going to try to periodically (maybe once a week?) do a "highlights" and link to some great posts I've read recently. I'd love to hear your thoughts on them and will answer/reply in the comments too. Perhaps we can get a little conversation going? :)
So, here's the first "Best of the Best"!
Lisa, over at the Grateful House had an AMAZING post about trauma - I especially appreciated the information about the effects of trauma on children that are 'pre-verbal'. So many times I have heard parents, foster parents, and even other social workers express frustration about a child who is acting out - even though they haven't been in an abusive placement since they were infants or toddlers. I've been reading a lot about how trauma is stored in the body, how it can become like a reflex to 'overreact' to triggering stimulus, and how this can start from the womb. Its a long post - I printed it out to read it - but GREAT information.
Mama K shared some absolutely awesome information about a new type of service dog for children with FASD. I am a huge fan of using dogs (and other animals) as therapy for children with a variety of cognitive, emotional AND behavior issues. I once had some children placed in a group home that utilized dog therapy. Dogs are absolutely marvelous at helping children learn all kinds of skills - responsibility, self control, and social skills to name a few.
Heather, from Production, not Reproduction made up a list of books that are good to share with grandparents to help explain open adoption. The books aren't actually just for grandparents - they'd be good for anyone who needs a little help understanding the ups and downs, ins and outs of open adoption.
Dawn, whose blog I just started reading recently, wrote about her thoughts on dealing with some "intrusive/inappropriate" comments regarding children in transracial adoptions. I found her especially insightful when she muses about whether or not being offended is the best response to model for the child. Also, she makes a good point about assuming the best about people who question - instead of the worst.
And last but not least, Therapydoc writes an insightful post about the dynamics behind how a 16 year old could be gang-raped at her high school homecoming while more than 20 people stood by and watched... and took pictures. I admit that when I first heard this story, my mind completely shut down. As much as I enjoy trying to figure out what is going on in a person's mind... I just couldn't even begin to understand how something like this happens here. Thanks Therapydoc for putting some perspective on it for me.
So, that's my weekly round up - I hope you all enjoy and get as much out of these posts as I did - please let me know what you think!