The holiday season, specifically Christmas break, is often a dreaded time for foster and adoptive parents because it means a lack of normal structure for their kiddos. How do you navigate through this time successfully?
On today's episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike and Kristin are joined by Licensed Mental Health Counselor and therapist, Ruth Graham as they discuss how to create structure during the chaos of the holidays. This is the conclusion of our 4-part holiday series entitled, "Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks."
Season 8, episode 70. The holiday season can be full of magic and wonder, expectations and fantasies. What can a parent do to help their child, who struggles during this season, to make sense of how their own story fits in?
Join us this week as we welcome Brooke Randolph (LMHC) to our show for part 3 of our 4 part series, "Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks." Mike, Kristin, and Brooke will discuss how we can support our children through this holiday season.
Season 8, episode 69. Trees! Lights! Parties! Presents! Friends! Family! Concerts! Cookies! Candy! How can you help your child navigate all of the overstimulation they are experiencing during this time of year?
The holiday season is full of fun and exciting sights, sounds, smells, treats, and activities. Mike and Kristin have asked their good friend, Jenn Hook, to join us today as they discuss some ways parents can handle overstimulation with their kids during the holiday season. Listen in now for Part 2 of 4 in our "Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks Series."
[Holiday Survival Tips & Tricks] Season 8, Episode 68. Today we will be kicking off our new podcast series: Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks! We will spend the next four weeks interviewing amazing therapists about how we can navigate the big emotions and hard moments, with our kids, that tend to rise up during the holiday season. Mike and Kristin are excited to kick off this series with therapist and adoptive dad, Lynn Owens, as they discuss how we can help our children process disappointment and loss.
Season 7. Episode 67. Jamie Finn knows foster care. As an active foster parent, she consistently cares for multiple children (mostly babies) at a time. She understands fully the ups, the downs, and everything in between when it comes to the emotions you'll experience. She's here today to tell you, foster care is worth it. Even when you have to say goodbye, this is worth it. Check out our interview with her now...
Season 7. Episode 66. Today, Mike and Kristin want to introduce you to the people who make Oasis happen and bring encouragement to weary parents worldwide: Karen Anderson, Jen Summers, Beaver Trumble, and Matt McCarrick. Karen, Jen, and Beaver are all adoptive and foster parents, who are part of the Oasis Care Team (the people who are available online for support and encouragement), and Matt oversees content editing, emails, and publishing details. Listen in to discover what they believe makes Oasis so special!
Season 7. Episode 65. An adoptee herself, Sherrie Eldridge has a passion for helping adoptive parents understand, and respond empathetically to, the unique emotional needs of their children. You will be encouraged as Sherrie shares her story with Mike, and reflects on the journey she has taken to get where she is today.
Season 7, Episode 64. Can just three days truly be life-changing? Find out as Mike reminisces with Andrew Schneidler and Jason Morriss about this year's amazing Road Trip for foster and adoptive dads. What makes this event unique and unlike anything you've ever experienced? Listen now to find out!
Season 7, Episode 63. This week on The Honestly Adoption Podcast, we are excited to share with you one of our exclusive "Backstage Pass" interviews from Oasis Community, our support and resource site for adoptive and foster parents. In this interview, Mike gets honest with Ryan North as they discuss parenting methods better suited for children from trauma. Believe us, you will not want to miss this interview!
Season 7, Episode 62. On this episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike welcomes Dr. Gary Feldman from the Stramski Children's Developmental Center to share some insights from his work with children at their International Adoption Clinic.
Season 7, Episode 61. In this episode, Mike and Kristin interview author and speaker, Natalie Brenner, on the topic of pain and grief. This is an important topic for all adoptive and foster parents. Natalie is the author of a wonderful book, This Undeserved Life: Uncovering the gifts of grief and the fullness of life.
Season 7, Episode 60. In this episode, Mike interviews Deborah Gray (LCSW) on the topic of Attachment. Today, Deborah offers both hope, as well as amazing advice, for any parent who is dealing with attachment issues.
Season 7, Episode 59. In this episode, Mike interviews Angela Tucker, a voice for transracial adoption and the focus of the popular documentary, Closure. Today, Angela has an open and honest conversation with Kristin and Mike on transracial adoption from the perspective of a transracial adoptee.
Season 7, Episode 58. This is it! The very first episode of the Honestly Adoption podcast. Formally the Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast, we are headed in a new direction. In this episode, Mike interviews the one and only, Dr. Ira Chasnoff, about understanding the behaviors of children with FASD.
#TBT to Season 1, Season 4. In this episode we're revisiting an amazing episode we did back in Season 1 with Nikka Palmer.
TBT to Season 2, Episode 19. In this episode we interview our daughter on what an adoptee wants you to know about open adoption.
#TBT session 2. In this episode we're tossing it all the way back to our very first episode a couple of years ago, "Can You Really Find Hope On The Road Of Foster Care and Adoption?"
#TBT- Season 2, Episode 14. In this very first episode of our special throwback Thursday edition (leading up to the re-launch of The Honestly Adoption Podcast), we're throwing it back to Season 2.
Season 6, Episode 57. In the final episode of Season 6, Mike interviews adoptee Sandeep Thomas on his traumatic past, and finding hope in-spite of it.
Season 6, Episode 56. In this episode, Mike interviews Lisa Qualls. Lisa's story is one of defeat, devastation, but also immense hope through unexpected trials.
Season 6, Episode 55. In this episode Mike interviews Carrie Blaske about self care.
Season 6, Episode 54. In this episode, Sandra Flach, from Justice For Orphans, interviews Mike on his and Kristin's adoptive journey.
Season 6, Episode 53. in this episode Mike interviews Jesse and Andrea DeBoer who are domestic and international adoptive parents, as well as foster parents in the US.
Season 6, Episode 52. In this episode, Mike interviews author and blogger Courtney Westlake on becoming a special needs parent without warning.
Season 6, Episode 50. In this episode, Mike interviews one of our team members, Michelle McKinney on their journey in parenting children with a known disease that carries a lot of stigmas and mistruth.