On a good day, parenting will test the integrity of your character. On a bad day, parenting will test your will to live. Parenting children with trauma histories will cause you to test the integrity of everything and everyone you thought you knew, for the rest of your life.
~J. Skrobisz

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

RAD friendly christmas book!

WG yanked this one off the public library shelf arbitrarily. It was about Christmas which was good enough for her.

The premise of the story is that Santa needs a substitute and he selects a haphazard calamity joe that makes many mistakes trying to be Santa and questions the principles of giving gifts only to the good kids.

YOU MUST GET IT or READ IT if your RAD had trouble with the "naughty and nice" list.

"How Murray Saved Christmas" by Mike Reiss
ISBN: 0-8431-7610-5
Amazon link

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Did you see the special on Discovery Health last night: "Bipolar Mysteries"? It was a great documentary that followed several parents and grandparents of children who were diagnosed with bipolar disorder as early as age four. What struck me as being interesting was that all but one of the children featured were adopted and had either experienced early abuse and trauma, or were adopted as newborns and one or both bio parents had a diagnosis of bipolar. I also had to wonder as I watched the rages, destruction, recurring hospitalizations and RTC placements how many of the children were also suffering from RAD but just weren't diagnosed as RAD due to a complete lack of knowledge in the provider community about what RAD looks like in children. You mentioned needing resources for bipolar treatment centers and there were several who were interviewed who seemed to 'get it'. I don't remember off the top of my head all of the universities mentioned, but one specialist was at Columbia University in NY and another at Yale I think. Here's the website...there are some promotional videos, but I don't see the entire documentary available: http://health.discovery.com/videos/bipolar-mysteries