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Ideas for a Home-Bound Halloween

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Halloween is mere days away and you are starting to feel nervous about the rise of COVID cases. Our family will likely do a home-bound Halloween this year because we have some immune-compromised kids and for us, it’s just not worth the risk. You can imagine how popular this is going to be with our kids. Good thing 1) it’s …

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3 Ways that Trauma is a thief (and what you can do about it)

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I always like a good heist movie. Where there is an underdog who’s a thief and goes all “Robinhood” on the rich casino owner. I mean if the likable bad guy steals from the unlikable bad guy, (who happens to be astronomically wealthier and more evil comparatively,) then surely crime is ok! Until it’s real life and you’re the victim. …

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Everything I learned from Lorelai Gilmore is wrong!

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A few years ago we watched all the seasons of Gilmore Girls on Netflix and I wrote a blog about it. Well we’re watching again, so I thought I would ressurect that oldie from the blog-vault at mysteinbach.ca. Enjoy! (My opinions haven’t changed… in case you’re wondering!) Everything I learned from Lorelai Gilmore is wrong! Let me tell you what …

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Getting Ready for Halloween Sensory Overload

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Here we go; t-minus 12 days to Halloween. Any of these situations feel familiar? Your kid has trouble regulating the best day and she is already planning her costume for Halloween. It has flashing lights, doesn’t fit right, has uncomfortable fabric, and stinks like a second-hand store. Perfect for a kid with a sensory processing disorder, but she wore it …

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Compassion For Every Parent

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Most work in child welfare involves some level of heartbreak; which is really tough. But it also involves the chance to grow in compassion; which is great! In the past, I have said that as soon as Child and Family Services is involved, we are trying to fit bandages on top of bandages. In other words, something is broken. And …

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Everything I learned from Lorelai Gilmore is wrong!

In All Kids Always, General Parenting by Thom Van DyckeLeave a Comment

A few years ago we watched all the seasons of Gilmore Girls on Netflix and I wrote a blog about it. Well we’re watching again, so I thought I would ressurect that oldie from the blog-vault at mysteinbach.ca. Enjoy! (My opinions haven’t changed… in case you’re wondering!) Everything I learned from Lorelai Gilmore is wrong! Let me tell you what …

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What is Self-Regulation? (And Why Can’t My Kids Do it?)

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Teachers and therapists talk a lot about what they call self-regulation. And foster parents, in particular, hear about it a lot, too. But understanding self-regulation is critical for all parents, teachers, kid’s leaders, and, well, people. Here’s why. Understanding self-regulation will help you understand your kids and how to meet their needs, and even help understand yourself and why you …

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Ideas for a Home-Bound Halloween

In All Kids Always, Parenting Tools by Thom Van DyckeLeave a Comment

Halloween is mere days away and you are starting to feel nervous about the rise of COVID cases. Our family will likely do a home-bound Halloween this year because we have some immune-compromised kids and for us, it’s just not worth the risk. You can imagine how popular this is going to be with our kids. Good thing 1) it’s …

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Getting Ready for Halloween Sensory Overload

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Here we go; t-minus 12 days to Halloween. Any of these situations feel familiar? Your kid has trouble regulating the best day and she is already planning her costume for Halloween. It has flashing lights, doesn’t fit right, has uncomfortable fabric, and stinks like a second-hand store. Perfect for a kid with a sensory processing disorder, but she wore it …

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Getting Your [Foster] Kids COVID-Ready for School

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I just wrote a blog for www.mysteinbach.ca about getting your kids COVID ready for school. You can read here. In addition to those suggestions, our foster kids need a bit of extra help. Here are three more suggestions to keep in mind when you are getting a child from a hard place ready for school this year. They Need Additional …

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3 Ways that Trauma is a thief (and what you can do about it)

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I always like a good heist movie. Where there is an underdog who’s a thief and goes all “Robinhood” on the rich casino owner. I mean if the likable bad guy steals from the unlikable bad guy, (who happens to be astronomically wealthier and more evil comparatively,) then surely crime is ok! Until it’s real life and you’re the victim. …

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Four Simple Tools That Changed Our Lives As Foster Parents

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I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but at one point we were giving 20 minute time-outs to a three-year-old… in a room by himself. (It was a playroom with a window in the door so he wan’t unsupervised!) This was before we learned about Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and how simple practices would greatly reduce our frustration as parents. …

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