Attachment over achievement

Many kids in foster care or adoptive placement struggle with higher level thinking. They cannot remember what caregivers tell them to do from moment to moment. They consistently repeat behaviors that no longer serve them (e.g. gorging, hoarding, lying, stealing, etc.). Their relationships suffer. Their academics suffer. Try as caregivers …

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Ways to help kids build empathy

Empathy is a 21st century buzzword, the one quality educators, and parents, and mental health professionals, and really all healthy adults want to build in children. The problem is that adults cannot force children to build empathy. They can, however, help children build empathy through a variety of experiences and activities.  First, though, let’s consider what …

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