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When faith, endurance and creativity are not enough, what's next?
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Parenting is hard. So what do you do when you’re parenting a child who has experienced trauma or has extra challenges?
You often feel alone and inadequate. You want so much to help your child, but you are at the end of your own rope. You feel guilty that sometimes you want to just quit.
What can you do — how can you make it through the day — how can you help your child while also taking care of yourself?
Maybe someone you love is parenting a traumatized child. Or perhaps you are a social worker, counselor, or other professional who sees families like these every day. You want to know how to better help them.
In Dancing with a Porcupine, Jennie Owens shares with humor and raw honesty the compelling story of her struggle to save her own life while caring for three children she and her husband adopted from foster care. How could she stay loving, giving, and forgiving in the midst of a daily battle with children acting out the rage, resentment, and pain of their own traumatic pasts?
When faith, endurance, and creativity are not enough, what’s next?
Jennie's children, who are now adults, have bravely chosen to have their stories told in the hopes that it can help other children who've experienced trauma. To quote Parker, one of the Owens' children, "I want my story to be told if it will help other kids."
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Dancing with a Porcupine
This week I had the pleasure of meeting the Owens family. Jennie Owens, Author recently published her first book, "Dancing with a Porcupine," where she opens up about her journey as a foster and adoptive parent.She hopes that her story will help the world better understand the trauma wounded children face after being left behind in the foster care system.Her story is a powerful one, and I encourage you all to listen.(I apologize for no name titles or an anchor toss-- we had technical difficulties airing today so this is downloaded directly from my Premiere project.)Full story here: https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/dancing-with-a-porcupine-local-woman-writes-book-on-foster/article_774fec1c-d687-11e9-a814-13dffff6fce9.htmlPosted by KNDU Jasmine Darakjy on Friday, September 13, 2019
RSVP For the Launch Party Here We are celebrating the release of Dancing with a Porcupine, as well as helping to get the word out to social service agencies and media about the book. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served, and copies of the book can be purchased....
For Immediate Release West Richland, WA, September 3, 2019 - Parenting is hard, especially when parenting a child who has experienced trauma or has extra challenges. You want so much to help your child, but the stress often leaves you feeling hopelessly alone and...
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We are continuing our series on the difficulty of loving difficult kids. In this episode we will uncover the biggest mistake parent can make which will make it even more difficult to look lovingly at a child who has suffered complex traumas.
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Our gift to adoptive and foster parents everywhere with a reminder to smile. 🙂