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The Honestly Adoption Podcast
29 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
How Lack Of Sleep Can Contribute To Behavior Issues
We know this. As caregivers we also need good sleep to avoid moodiness, short tempers, and slow functionality. If that's the case for us, it's certainly the case for our children, who deal with disrupted sleep due to trauma. We must work to help our children stay regulated through better sleep. But how do we accomplish this? In this episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike and Kristin, along with Nicole Goerges, discuss practical ideas to helping your children get better, and more consistent sleep. They also discuss how lack of sleep can significantly contribute to behavioral issues, even days after the rough night occurred. Also on the show... Visit our podcast page to get caught up on past episodes, subscribe the show, and more.... Click Here. Become a Podcast VIP member and enjoy behind the scenes interviews, video version of the podcast, and more! Click here to sign up. Thanks for stopping by this week ;-)
31 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Making Sense Of Your Child's Triggers
It can be exhausting and maddening to deal with as a caregiver. And frankly, it often makes no sense whatsoever. Triggered behavior can seem like it doesn't make sense, but there is a reason. More than that, there is an origin to the behavior you are seeing and experiencing. On this episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike and Kristin Berry, along with Nicole Goerges discuss triggers and how to make sense of something that seems like it came out of the blue. From the show.... Certain seasons, or times of the year, can be a trigger Sounds, smells, feelings, sensory needs contribute to extreme behavior Perceived threat and responding to gaslighting Behavior is a voice to something bigger Also on the show... Start the New Year off right. Check out our podcast page here, and subscribe to the show! Become a Podcast VIP Member and take advantage of extra special bonus content such as video versions of the show, behind the scenes content, and more! Click Here Thanks for stopping by this week! ;-)
27 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
How Your Child's Diet Could Affect Their Behavior
In the very last podcast episode of 2021, Mike and Kristin, with Nicole Goerges, have an open and frank conversation about our children's diets, ingredients that can cause behaviors to ramp up, alternatives to foods and treats with lots of sugar and food dyes, and how to go about changing your family's diet to help regulate extreme behaviors. Also on the show.... New to the podcast? Welcome to you! Make sure you visit our podcast website to get caught up on past episodes, subscribe, and also check out some of our free resources to help you succeed as a caregiver. Click Here!
35 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Why Can't My Child Complete Simple Tasks?
Your child is likely dealing with executive function disruption, which happens as a result of his or her trauma history. Our executive function abilities come from the pre-frontal cortex of our brain, and help us do things like carry out tasks, manage time, and stay organized among other things. And this is precisely the area of the brain that trauma impacts the most. Notice that we did not title this podcast episode "Why Won't My Child....." but rather, "Why Can't My Child...." That's intentional. Because the more you understand executive functioning disruption, the more you realize, your child's inability to complete tasks is due to the fact that they can't, not won't. Also on the show... Become A Podcast VIP! When you’re a VIP member you get exclusive access to behind the scenes content, video versions of most podcast episodes, and special downloads every month. Click Here to join! Thanks for stopping by this week... ;-)
34 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Is It A Trauma Response Or Just Bad Behavior?
In this latest episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike and Kristin have an open conversation about trauma, behaviors, and understanding where your child is coming from. In this episode, they cover... The brain-basis of trauma. Your response as a caregiver. Keys to de-escalate extreme behavior. Also on the show... Become A Podcast VIP! When you're a VIP member you get exclusive access to behind the scenes content, video versions of most podcast episodes, and special downloads every month. Click Here to join! Thanks for stopping by this week ;-)
58 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Choosing Homeschool And Making It Awesome
Julie Bogart is the popular voice of common sense and compassion in the homeschool community. She's the creator of the innovative writing program called Brave Writer and the popular fast-growing practice called Poetry Teatime. She’s the founder of a homeschool coaching community called the Brave Learner Home. She home educated her five children for 17 years who are now globe-trotting adults. Julie draws from her work with tens of thousands of homeschool families over the last 20+ years, and her own homeschool journey to enrich the homeschool and parenting experience. Her writing program includes award-winning online writing classes and paradigm-shifting writing manuals that allow parents and kids to become allies in the writing process. Julie is also the author of the best-selling book The Brave Learner and host of the popular podcast “A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief.” She enjoys raising African violets and playing with her brand new granddaughter. Julie lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. How to connect with Julie… Blog- bravewriter.com Podcast- Brave Writer Instagram- @juliebravewriter The book- The Brave Learner Also from the show… Join us for a live discussion on the Wisdom App! As we mentioned on the show, we’re trying out a new app called Wisdom. Next Thursday, December 16th, at 2:30 pm Eastern, we’ll be live taking your questions related to trauma, attachment, behaviors, and more! Click Here to follow us on Wisdom so you know when we go live! Thanks for stopping by this week! 🙂
26 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
7 Reasons Why You Are A Good Parent
To begin this Holiday Season, we invite you to understand that you are a good parent, and you're doing great things. Even if you struggle to believe this about yourself, Mike and Kristin share some valuable truths about you, and the work you do, in this episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast. Here are the 7 Truths about you... You are an advocate You provide resources You provide support You provide love You experience fun You teach valuable lessons You model good things. Also on the show… The Resilient Caregiver Workshop- FREE online training event. You catch the replay of this powerful workshop for a limited time here. Oasis Community Enrollment is OPEN for a limited time. We created Oasis to be a place where caregivers could find 24-7 support and resources to help them thrive on the foster and adoptive parenting journey. Click Here to enroll now. We’re closing it down this coming Wednesday night at 11:59 pm PST. Thanks for stopping by this week 😉
45 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
How To Handle Overstimulation During The Holidays
It begins by understand why overstimulation happens, and formulating a plan to handle and respond the right way to it. We are fortunate to share an amazing interview we did with our good friend, and trauma-trained therapist, Jenn Hook, founder of the Replanted Conference. In this interview, she shares practical advice and insight into why stimulation happens, and how you can respond in a way that builds trust and connection! A little more about Jenn… Jenn Hook is the founder and director of Replanted Ministry, a ministry that helps empower the church to support adoptive and foster families. She is a trauma-specialized therapist and a Trust-Based Relational Intervention practitioner. She speaks frequently on topics related to adoption and foster care support, mental health and trauma. She lives in Dallas, TX with her husband Josh and their daughter. How to connect with Jenn… Replanted website Replanted Facebook Page Replanted Instagram Also on the show… Our CRAZIEST Black Friday sale EVER is happening RIGHT NOW!!! We're giving away an all-access pass to our training library in Honestly Adoption University for 94% off. Instead of $4,997 it's ONLY $297 TOTAL. Click Here! The Resilient Caregiver Workshop is coming THIS MONDAY, November 29th thru Thursday, December 2nd. If you're exhausted as a caregiver, or feeling like you just can't make it, join us as we talk about 3 keys to achieve resiliency and begin thriving as a parent! Click Here to sign up now. *SPACE IS LIMITED Want more of The Honestly Adoption Podcast? Become a VIP member and receive video versions of the show, behind the scenes interviews, exclusive downloads AND more! Click Here. Thanks for stopping by this week!
37 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
A Conversation About Overcoming Barriers And Meeting Needs On The Adoption Journey
We are excited to welcome Mary Beth Chapman from Show Hope to The Honestly Adoption Podcast for our 200th episode! You're going to love this interview. We talk all about meeting the unique needs that arise on the adoption journey, and how to overcome barriers families face. A Little More About Mary Beth... Mary Beth Chapman is a New York Times’ best-selling author, speaker, and the wife of GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. She is also the President of Show Hope. Mary Beth delights in overseeing the work of Show Hope as she continues to do all she can to help restore hope to children living as orphans.
29 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
What Are Post-Adoption Services And Why Do Parents Need Them?
What happens after you adopt? Where (and how) do you find support? What about resources and training? In our latest episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, we discuss all of this. Besides finding a community of like-minded parents and caregivers, there is no greater need than post-adoption services after you finalize your child's adoption. But where do you find these services. We are excited to welcome Shalesta Peterson from SAFY to the show to talk about the great importance of post-adoption services! A little more about Shalesta and SAFY... Shalesta Peterson is the Adoption Services Coordinator for SAFY. Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Shalesta works with families to navigate the process of adopting youth from foster care. Strong families are the foundation of strong communities, but all families encounter storms. SAFY is there to help weather these disruptions of life. They provide the tools needed to support the well-being of families ensuring everyone can reach their potential and fully participate in their communities. During the episode we discussed... The process of adoption through foster care versus traditional adoption The unique needs of older youth and sibling groups eligible for adoption through the foster care system Why families considering adoption should consider adopting through foster care as they embark on their adoption journey. How to connect with Shalesta and SAFY... Visit the SAFY website Follow SAFY on Instagram Connect with SAFY on Facebook Visit the SAFY blog Also on the show... Want More AMAZING Honestly Adoption Podcast Content? Become a VIP Member! When you're a VIP Member you get access to exclusive bonuses NOT available to the general audience. Click Here to learn more. AND...the first 1000 listeners who sign up will receive All Access to our entire Honestly Adoption University library (100 hours+ of training content and certificates) Thanks for stopping by this week ;-)
24 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Why Emotional Regulation Is Important For Children With A Trauma History
We know that some children with trauma histories can display extreme behaviors (aggression, belligerence, disrespect, or even violence). But what about the child who deals with major anxiety, stress, nervousness, or often seems physically out of control of his or her body? That’s where emotional regulation is key. But what does that mean? Check out our latest episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast where we discuss this. In this episode we discuss... Where deep emotions come from. What emotional regulation is. The importance of emotional regulation. How we can consistently help our children find calm and peace. Also on the show... WE MADE A VERY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! You can now become an Honestly Adoption Podcast VIP Member and receive exclusive bonuses ONLY available to podcast listeners. Click Here to learn more. The first 1000 listeners who sign up will receive All Access to our entire Honestly Adoption University library (100 hours+ of training content and certificates) Thanks for stopping by this week! ;-)
29 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
How to Prepare Your Family For The Holiday Season
How can we as parents and caregivers prepare and navigate the time of the year between Halloween and New Year's Day? In this latest episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike and Kristin pose some key questions that caregivers need to ask before heading into this season. Key questions such as... What do you REALLY want to do? What do your kids REALLY want to do? What can you let go of intentionally and feel good about? How can you modify what you are going to do? What can you say no to? Also on the show... NEXT WEEK, Mike and Kristin are making a BIG announcement on the show. Don't miss it! Get our FREE Holiday Survival Guide featuring trauma-trained therapists. Click Here. Thanks for stopping by this week ;-)
49 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Learning To Control What You Can Control With Your Children
We often believe some myths when it comes to control. Myths like... I can control when or if my child experiences healing. I can control who my child becomes. I can control my child’s successes and failures. I can control my child’s feelings of sadness or disappointment. I can control my child’s happiness. I can control my child's behaviors. But the truth is, we are not in control of any of this. We can only control ourselves, and how we choose to love and connect with our children, even when they are doing things we don't like. We unpack this, and more, in this episode! Also On The Show... Get 30 Days FREE Oasis Community Membership (on us!). Click Here to activate your membership to the only virtual support and resource site available 24-7, 365 days a year! Thanks for stopping by this week ;-)
32 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
How To Implement A Transition Plan In Foster Care
In today’s episode of The Honestly Adoption podcast, Mike and Kristin interview blogger, podcaster, speaker, and foster care expert, Jamie Finn on the importance of having a transitional plan in place, and how to establish one that helps the children in your care transition as smoothly as possible. A Little More About Jamie... Jamie is passionate about encouraging and equipping foster and adoptive parents, inspiring people to get involved in foster care and adoption, and advocating for foster and adopted children. Jamie addresses prospective and current foster and adoptive parents at conferences, retreats, fundraisers, church events, trainings, and recruiting events around the country.
44 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
A Conversation About Racial Equity In The Foster Care System
Rachel Lauren is a conscious social influencer who is passionate about racial equity, Black life, women’s rights, foster care/adoption, and holistic wellness. By profession Rachel is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practitioner and Human Resources professional. Rachel is the Senior Director of People and Culture for Van Jones non-profit organization Dream Corps while concurrently serving as a Managing Partner (Programming and Relationships) for Diversified, a boutique DEI consulting firm. It is not by coincidence that Rachel’s passion for people and heart for culture has led her to a career that speaks to who she is and what she believes.
42 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Understanding Brain Development In Children With A Trauma History
On this episode of the podcast, we are excited to welcome a good friend of Honestly Adoption, Dr. Gary Feldman from the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center, to share insights into brain development with children who have experienced significant trauma. A Little More About Dr. Feldman... Dr. Feldman received his bachelor of medicine and surgery degree from the University of Cape Town School of Medicine in South Africa. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Red Cross Children's Hospital and University of Cape Town in South Africa and worked in primary care pediatrics for five years prior to moving to the United States in 1999. He completed a fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Feldman has been the medical director of the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller Children’s & Women's since 2004.
37 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
How To Search For Identity, Family, And Belonging On The Adoption Journey
Julie Ryan McGue is an author, a domestic adoptee and an identical twin. She writes extensively about finding out who you are, where you belong and making sense of it. Julie’s debut memoir “Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging” (She Writes Press) released in May 2021. It’s the story of her five-year search for birth relatives. Her weekly blogs That Girl, This Life, and her monthly column at The Beacher focus on identity, family and life’s quirky moments. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Julie received a BA from Indiana University in psychology. She earned a MM in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University. She has served multiple terms on the Board of the Midwest Adoption Center and is an active member of the American Adoption Congress. Married for over 35 years, Julie and her husband split their time between Northwest Indiana and Sarasota, Florida. She’s the mother of four adult children and has three grandsons. If she’s not at her computer, she’s on the tennis court or out exploring with her Nikon. Julie is currently working on a collection of personal essays.
46 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
How To Help Foster & Adoptive Dads Find Connection
In 2016, sensing an urgency to create safe space where foster and adoptive dads could connect with one another, Mike Berry, Andrew Schneidler and Jason Morriss, created Road Trip: A Mountaintop Experience for Foster and Adoptive Dads. They had one goal: create safe space where men could be open, honest, and vulnerable in without fear of judgement or criticism. To date, more than 400 men have journeyed up the mountain. In this latest episode, they share openly what Road Trip is, why it’s so transformational in men’s lives, and how dads can find connection. A Little More About Road Trip... Let's begin with what Road Trip is NOT. It's NOT a retreat, NOT a conference, and NOT a church men's retreat. It's a conversation. Weird, right? What does that even mean? At Road Trip we're all about invitation. Simply put...you attend a retreat, but you're invited into a conversation. And the best part? You can choose to participate, or just listen. In any case, Road Trip is safe space for foster and adoptive dads to share their greatest fears and greatest struggles, without judgement. In the midst of this conversation, you also get a chance to getaway and participate in fly fishing, hiking, exploring, napping (if you need it), micro-brewery trips, horseback riding, and much much more!
60 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
How To Make Sense Of Disrupted Attachment In Children With Trauma
Disrupted attachment is a result of a child's trauma history. And depending on the severity of the trauma, the disrupted attachment could be great. Even knowing this reality doesn't change the fact that it's hard to be in relationship with a child who suffers from this. But there are answers. Deborah Gray has been a repeated guest and offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of attachment and play therapy. We are excited to have her join us for this episode of the podcast. A Little More About Deborah Gray... Deborah has a lifetime achievement award in 2015 from ATTACh, and was a Henry Meier Practitioner in Residence at the U of WA. She treats children and families in a specialty practice focused on trauma, attachment, grief, and parenting support. She was core faculty for the Portland State University Foster Care and Adoption Therapy Program. She is the author of the Attachment-Trauma Focused Therapy Program, now taught by ATTACh. Deborah authored: Promoting Healthy Attachments; Attaching through Love, Hugs, and Play; Nurturing Adoptions; and Attaching in Adoption. She co-authored Games and Activities for Attaching with Your Child. Also On The Show... BRAND NEW…Insight One Day Training is coming October 19th! After the enormous success of The Insight Virtual Conference this past April, the Insight family is growing with the debut of this brand new virtual one-day training event. We are excited to partner with Jessica Sinarski (LPCMH) and Dr. Laura Anderson to spend an entire day discussing trauma’s impact on the brain and behavior, attachment, and how to help your children heal. Registration is now open but tickets are limited to just 500. Click Here to save your spot!
57 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Making Sense Of Behaviors That Result From Drug And Alcohol Exposure Before Birth
Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream in Chicago and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of prenatal substance exposure across the lifespan. Dr. Chasnoff received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University. He is the author of numerous research articles and fifteen books, which have received numerous awards. His most recent book, Guided Growth, has received international acclaim for its in-depth discussion of educational and behavioral interventions for children and teens with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and early trauma.
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