Expert Connection: Jeanette Yoffe on connecting with your child’s grief
This four-minute video features one of our new contributors, Jeanette Yoffe, adoptee and therapist. The interview is about how to bond with a foster child, but the advice is good for adoptive parents, and all parents who have children who deal with anger and behavioral problems.
Children are often angry, and don’t know why. An angry child often makes their parents angry as well — I can really relate to this. A parent’s first inclination is to walk away or send the child away; and while cooling down time may be appropriate, often times it is exactly the opposite of what needs doing. Her advice to parents about combining their own “inner child’s” pain and anger, and then calming the child is excellent.
My daughter Stacee taught me a great deal through her temper tantrums. I eventually figured out how to handle Stacee, but I wish I would’ve seen this video while I was trying to learn.
In this video Jeanette Yoffe is interviewed for a Documentary Film about Foster Care and Adoption and discusses the importance of connecting with your child’s grief.