First Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts : Tiddlers and Toddlers, Paperback

First Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts : Tiddlers and Toddlers Paperback


'This excellent book looks at the attachment and development of very young children in the fostering and adoption situation.

It deals sensitively and practically with the young child's "hurts" to help adopters and foster carers understand and cope with the many traumas they may experience in integrating a young child into their family.

Caroline Archer is a real adoptive parent speaking from experience so this book provides good, practical advice and encouragement for the mothering figure when things are not following the normal attachment and development patterns...This highly readable book is highly recommended for everyone fostering or adopting very young children.' - Adoption and Fostering 'Written by an adoptive parent [this book aims] to give practical advice and parenting tips to other adoptive and long-term foster parents.

The author's basic premise is that all children who have been adopted or placed in long-term care have undergone some form of psychological hurt. She argues that while some children will be more resilient to this hurt than others, many children will need their hurt to be acknowledged by their parents/carers, and be allowed to grieve for their losses in order to move forward to a life of greater well-being and fulfilment. [The book begins] by exploring such issues as bringing a child home, child development and what to do when things "don't seem quite right".

Other issues covered are the effects of trauma on a child, and how to handle specific difficulties that may arise with an adopted child. [It is] written in a clear easy-to-read format, and contain[s] a list of references for further reading.' - Family Matters


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, glossary, reference
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Child welfare
  • ISBN: 9781853028014



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