David and Jayne Schooler from Back2Back Ministries in Cincinnati, Ohio know a thing or two about building a home like this. As seasoned parents, through adoption and foster care, they have had to personally navigate difficulties and trials with children who have come from hard places. But their personal experience and valuable insight into helping children heal, as well as understanding trauma and learning how to respond differently, has helped to transform the lives of thousands of parents. We are excited to share a throwback interview with them today on The Honestly Adoption Podcast!
It begins with us, as caregivers, anticipating that this time of the year can be deeply wounding to our children. While our children often build up expectations like tall towers, in their minds and hearts, we have to be ready as a soft place for them to land if, or when, this tower crashes to the ground and their heart is broken. We are fortunate to know amazing therapists like Brooke Randolph, LMHC, who provide valuable insight into this hard road we may find ourselves traveling!
We are thrilled to share this recent interview with did with our good friend, and licensed clinical social worker, Deborah Gray. In the interview she shares practical steps to help our children cope with grief during the holidays.
It begins with compassion, understanding, and making yourself and your life available. From there, it takes action. Peter is demonstrating all of this in his mission through NowIAmKnown.com and his journey as a foster dad.
We often have interviews on the podcast that we could simply keep going and going and going. Our conversation with Heath and Ligia Cushman (pronounced LEE-HE-UH) was just that. We talked about the pain and agony of miscarriage, dealing with the anxiety of being a black Latina women in the south, how transracial adoptees will play a big role in racial reconciliation in this country, and how to foster open and honest conversations with our children about race, loss and grief in adoption, and so much more. It was one of the most valuable hours we have ever spent on this show. You will LOVE our conversation with Heath and Ligia Cushman.