Saturday, June 20, 2015

What My Son Is Telling Me Through His Behavior

Years ago, before I had ever heard the word “attunement” associated with adoptive parenting, a therapist told me, “Your son is telling you what he can handle by his behavior.”  

More than anything else, those words have impacted our family for the better.  I have learned to understand each of our children as individuals, regardless of whether they can communicate their needs verbally.  With one of our sons, this principle has given us an opportunity to build a foundation so he could begin to trust us.  As I reflect on our experience, I realize he consistently communicates what he can handle in the following three areas:

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