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The Great Behaviour Breakdown will change my life!(19 Posts)
Seriously, how have I not heard of this book before? It's bloody marvellous. I was recommended it by someone at Adoption UK and have just got it on kindle (very expensive as a real paperback on Amazon but cheaper through the Adoption UK website)
It's so simple and so easy to read.
Has anyone else read it?
book on Amazon with reviews
book on adoption UK shop
The post institute website
Bryan Post is an adoptee, an adopter and a former SW so he is very knowledgable. I might use this thread to document my successes through following this book. Tomorrows objective is after school meltdown by DD2. I am going to use the 4-7-8 breathing technique on myself when DD2 has her "transition to home kicking off and defiance session " watch this space...
Well, my plan to deal with DD2s post school difficulties has been scuppered by her coming down with a stomach bug. She's here with me. So far I'm going through cycles of irritation/snapping/channeling Bryan/pause etc
I do love a good book tip! Many thanks, Rain. We had a 'challenging' morning too. Hope we both get through to bedtime
On the whole BP has had a positive impact on my day, I'm trying to respond rather than react. Pausing for breath, being conscious of my own feelings and physiology. I have definitely made more opportunities to sit with and be calm in the presence of my DC.
Not sure if it's BP related or just part of general progress for DD1 but this morning she was all done up for Red Nose Day, rnd tattoos, hair spray twirly things in hair etc and she paused at the door and said "mum, are you sure it's Red Nose Day?" I said "yes" and she believed me!! That was it! Plain and simple, no anxiety, no panic attack, no screaming. She said "ok" and we went to school. Every other special event day she has had a major panic, even after spending 30 mins watching hoards of dressed up children file past our house to school. Today was progress for her even if unrelated to BP/this thread.
Love it, excellent book, easy to read and understand
I bought it electronically for less than £2 when BP put it on sale
That's a great price. I paid £4.75 on kindle but I think it's cheapest electronically on his website at the moment, $5 approx.
Rain bloody hell, that is brilliant (about red nose day), well done.
Is BP Bryan Post? Sorry to be thick!
Yes BP = Bryan Post. I decided it cos I'm lazy
Today, I am sleep deprived and alone with my two DDs. I am going to focus on breathing and relaxing (and thereby altering my physiology) before "responding" rather than "reacting" by snapping/shouting etc.
The book sounds interesting, thanks Rain. What is the situation now with DD1, is she living with you again? How is she?
She is back with me and seems strangely (and wonderfully) calm. Although nothing has changed, a lot has changed iyswim. I think we needed a break from each other because it was very intense. I needed to have the opportunity to miss her, as distressing as it was at the time.
Today I have taken both DDs swimming and shopping without any melt downs from any of us. I only snapped a handful of times (and we've been out for five hours!!) I am knackered now and thankfully bought colouring books while we were out
thanks for the recommendation you
I downloaded it as soon as I read your post and am now reading it. I've already picked up a couple of tips. Here's hoping!!
P.S. I hope things continue as they are with your DD.
I'm glad to hear things are going well with DD at the moment Rain, I hope it continues that way.
Today I have coped with one of my hardest weekly challenges.
DD2 really struggles with her homework and tantrums all through it, not even trying or looking at her sheet, just screaming, kicking, scribbling on whatever her pen touches etc. I dread it. Her dad has given up even trying with her so when she's with him it doesn't get done.
This evening I channelled BP, I kept saying to myself "underneath her screaming and acting up, there is fear" I remained calm and patient myself, it took over one hr to answer seven questions. We ended up doing it in two halves. We did it!
Normally I get so het up and frustrated myself that I end up being cross with her and shouting "read the question!" Etc
This evening I didn't get cross or shout and I am very proud of her and me.
That's wonderful to hear Rain. You certainly should be proud!
Not updated for a while (removed the MN app from my phone because I spent too much time on it ) but my LA did a training day recently based around this book/philosophy which reminded me of this thread, so I thought I would update it.
DD1 has been fairly calm for a while but her behaviour exploded on Monday. I was driving her to an appointment and she became really distressed, grabbing the steering wheel, trying to knock the car out of gear, throwing things at the windscreen, kicking and punching the glovebox/dashboard, hitting herslef in the head etc - all in rapid succession until I could pull the car over safely.
Anyway, I channeled BP, she asked why we had stopped and I calmly said "Its not safe to drive at the moment so I'm waiting until its safe" and comforted her as much as she would let me. Plenty more extreme behaviour followed and I was recognising my own feelings, breathing 4/7/8 and responding rather than reacting my way through it all but after bed time I was a nervous wreck and really upset.
The next day I had DD1 continuing and then DD2 started up with her extreme defiance, screaming "I hate you!" "stupid!" "ugly!" throwing stuff just general awfulness and as I was still feeling fragile from DD1s previous and ongoing behaviour, I decided to "BP" DD2 as well. I thought "just try not to shout" "just get to bedtime without shouting etc" I find it harder with DD2 because to me its obvious that DD1s distress and rage comes from fear but DD2 is just full on defiance, laughing in my face, provoking me and it is really hard for me to see her as fearful when she is appearing so cocky! I thought I would just try it as BP says that all behaviour issues come from fear. Anyway I gritted my teeth, ignored her defiance and provocations, breathed, reassured her that I loved her over and over again. Within a few hours she was volunteering to help me get the table ready for tea and apologised of her own accord
I said to her "When you shout that you hate people and that they are stupid and ugly, that really hurts me" and I touched my chest as BP would. She just sort of melted into me in a really powerful hug which was lovely.
I have been focussing on being calm, being present etc and so far I have coped and seen improvements in DD2. I couldnt work out what her fear was, and then I thought "she's being so unlikable, I think she's afraid of not being liked!" so I said to her "You know that I like you and love you no matter what you do?" etc and that seems to be working with her.
I heart Bryan Post!
I cant wait to hear him speak at the adoption UK conference in November.
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