See, I read Nancy Thomas' stuff. I've watched her videos. I could probably substitute teach her workshops for her when she's sick. But there are a few things she says right from the start that I haven't been putting into practice in my daily life.
The number one thing she recommends to parents that are new to RAD parenting:
sleep. 10-12 hours/day for two weeks prior to taking a new RAD child into your home.
That's what Nancy recommends. That's the one thing I haven't been doing. Because I'm sure, like me, all of my other wonderful RAD mommies out there are prone to burn the midnight oil long and hard and as often as possible. Seriously, God went wrong there with the 24 hour day thing. 36 hours would have been better. Right? RIGHT?!? (come on, just nod your head and agree with me so I dont' feel like an idiot.)
I just pretended that Nancy Thomas didn't say the 10 hour sleep thing. I purposedly put it out of my head because that's a lot of sleep. But lately I've been feeling it, I have been crashing and burning, sacking out at the drop of a hat, cutting some major logs with my snoring (you know that Logger reality show? they could put me to good use! lol) Last night I sat in the recliner at 9 pm and ... zonk. out cold. Woke up at 12, climbed into my bed still in my clothes and ... zonk until the alarm went off. Then I slammed the snooze for another 40 minutes. When i finally slogged out of bed like a 20 year old slug, i tallied it up. 10 hours. I slept 10 hours!!!
*beams at self*
So, OK. Sleep is good. I recommend it.
 Sissy was diagnosed RAD when she was 15 months old and we've had custody since she was 11 months old but we consider ourselves "new to RAD parenting" because until September, every other approach we took with her doctors, therapies and meds did NOT directly deal with her RADs.