In Renae and Jason's new e-book, they continue their gentle, practical wisdom as it relates to the holidays. It's a great book for parents who are just beginning to understand PTSD as it relates to their children or parents who feel like they already understand their children's triggers. The book manages to be helpful without being preachy and instructive while remaining humble. The combination makes the book very encouraging for parents. It's like a latte at the kitchen table followed by a big hug. Few things could be better for a struggling family.
|How I Became Your Mother- Dragonfly|
When she finds herself in a new situation or is anxious about something, she always must have her Baby with her. I can often tell how Dragonfly is feeling by how she is holding her baby. Even at age 5, her Baby is so important to her that she will not sleep without her. When Dragonfly was younger, we had three identical Babies. I would swap them out on her constantly, so that she never developed a favorite. Whenever a Baby got dirty or wet or skinky, there was always a clean baby to replace it. This system worked great until she was about four and got too smart for my system. She found the others and has since developed a favorite. It was a sad day for me. The other two Babies are still hanging around the house. Dragonfly insists that they are her brothers' Babies and doesn't want to get rid of them. The brothers will snuggle them occasionally, but they never cared as much about Baby as Dragonfly does. As long as we have Baby, nothing in Dragonfly's world can be too big or too scary.
I was encouraged by the Eddy's book to continue trying other PTSD helpers and anxiety tools. Check out their book for all their ideas. Holidays and PTSD: a Parent's Guide to Survival
And check out today's blog post: I Think My Husband Has Autism.