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Because of life before us, our son has developed Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and has some battles to fight that children from healthy families would not be exposed to. He has seen things I have only heard of and has not been cared for in a way to help him feel secure with himself and those around him. Our seven year challenge with Angel has been to help him trust the grown ups in his life, remain consistent enough to outlast the residue of past history, and encourage his unique gifts and talents.
|That is a squid tentacle. Uh huh, gross.|
Our son rebelled his entire school year. We tried EVERYTHING we could think of. RAD seemed to be running our lives. We even had to endure someone calling the police on us while Angel ran laps in a parking lot due to some very serious infractions at school. (That was fun) I was in tears the majority of the year, afraid of where my boy was heading and I had NO power over it. At home, at school, at church, defiance was on the rise.
|I asked Angel to pose for me! First Day of School!!!|
(hint *support your child's school and staff. They will be there when you need them)
We knew we had made the right decision when we saw "the weight of the world" begin to lift off of his shoulders. I am excited to say, since the beginning of summer break Angel's attitude has totally turned around. He is generally happy, helpful and honorable. At least, he is trying to be. We still have and will continue to have our moments to work through, but, that is the reason for him staying home. It is a reason I crave new challenges.
|Encouraging Jillie to help|
Come to think of it, there may be another reason for us being "home bound". As we take a year to really get to know each other, as we take a year to introduce our son to himself, as we take a year to firm up a foundation that he will build his future upon, Angel's staying home is dependant upon my staying at home. His commitment is dependant upon my commitment. His success is dependant upon my success. You see, it will take two of us to make this work. We need organization, consistency, patience, repetition, planning, Not necessarily my forte but, while Angel is busy learning, don't you think God has something for me to learn also?
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