Category Archives: Parenting After Trauma (Child)

How My Abusive Father Helped Me Understand Trump Supporters [The Establishment]

How My Abusive Father Helped Me Understand Trump Supporters [The Establishment]

“I was raised by a man like Trump, albeit without the money and political power. I understand what it is like to seek the love of an abusive father-like figure. And make no mistake—Trump is an abusive father-like figure. My father swept into our lives when I was four years old. Near my mother’s recentContinue Reading

Loving Abusers, Oppressors, and Perpetrators Isn’t Helpful — Here’s Why and What to Do Instead

Loving Abusers, Oppressors, and Perpetrators Isn’t Helpful — Here’s Why and What to Do Instead

It seems that we in the U.S. have become accustomed to the tragedies of abuse, oppression, and assault. It is a tragedy within these tragedies that our response to horrors such as mass shootings, campus rape, violence and oppressive rhetoric are completely predictable nowadays. First, we respond with well-honed shock, and then panic, followed by assumptions, manyContinue Reading

Adoption FAQ #1: Why do you hate adoption?

Adoption FAQ #1: Why do you hate adoption?

I’ve received some very specific, pointed questions about my stances on adoption lately. It’s no surprise. Now that my children are older and I have been steeped in some aspect of adoption as an adoptive parent since the year 2000 (and my whole life as the daughter of a birth-mother), both my opinions and my writing onContinue Reading

Why Do You Hate Adoption? And Other Adoption FAQs

Why Do You Hate Adoption? And Other Adoption FAQs

I’ve received some very specific, pointed questions about my stances on adoption lately. It’s no surprise. Now that my children are older and I have been steeped in some aspect of adoption as an adoptive parent since the year 2000 (and my whole life as the daughter of a birth-mother), both my opinions and my writingContinue Reading

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