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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

Trauma Triggers

As a control-freak, helicopter parent, how could I be so clueless?  We generally check and recheck every move, every activity, and every outing.  Downloading a couple of movies on Netflix, our usual nice evening together, turned disastrous. Mind you, we don’t rent X-rated, R-rated, or even PG-13-rated movies.  Our family plays it nice and easy,…

Taking Custody of Your New Child

We have cyber-friends who are soon heading home from Ukraine with their newly-adopted teen daughter.  Congrats, you guys!  Which brings us to an interesting topic:  what’s it like to take custody of your new child? Well, it all depends on their age and prior experiences.  Remember that they are going through massive, mostly unknown-to-them, changes…

Talk Therapy for Trauma and Abuse

I’ve shared with you how some of our internationally-adopted kids are a never-ending verbal loop of loopy experiences. If you went through what they’ve been through, maybe you’d want to get it out of your system, too. So, we talk. Or rather, they talk. Constantly. It always comes out when they are feeling relaxed and…