The Owl

This week roundup result page is going to be a little different. I’ve taken the liberty of writing a short summary of the 5 most voted posts from last week roundup. I called it a Roundup Retrospective, you can read it in the section below.

We are allowing comments on this page to give readers the chance to add their own thoughts on the articles in this week’s roundup.


Mum gets everything ready before an important operation that will see her out of action for a while. Mother-in-law is coming to lend a hand. This post is about her, and about the role that the immediate family play in raising our children; how opinions about our children and adoption, in general, can change over time.

The operation was a success, as Hearding writes in a quick follow up post. Join us in wishing her a very speedy recovery!

This post is about homework, and how parents hate them almost as much as the children. But now that in the household one parent can stay at home full time, homework has taken a new dimension. Teaching at home is no longer just a chore set by the teacher, but a chance to support the children learning in a fun way, more tailored to each child needs, and the teacher has already noticed some improvement.

For parents of children with serious mental illnesses, a nervous breakdown is a real possibility. In this post, Keri revisits the time when she had her breakdown and the events that lead to it. She also has some advice for other parents in a similar situation, offered with the love and understanding of someone who had experienced first-hand how hard it can get.

In this post, Nicole takes the chance of an upcoming 60-minutes TV segment between Oprah and Dr. Bruce Perry to share some of her often-too-scattered-to-share thoughts on trauma, the need of children who suffered trauma in their life, and the need of their adoptive and foster families.

Oprah’s researchers would do well to read through them.

Sandra writes about the nearly impossible task of figuring out whether her son misbehaviour is the result of his brain condition, or of him being willfully naughty. She explains how important it is to read each situation right, as attempting to correct his behaviour when caused by dysregulation can end up hurting his self-esteem, but at the same time leaving willful misbehaviour to go unnoticed only escalates it.


And that’s your lot for this week. As usual, I want to send a big thank you to everyone how linked up with the roundup or nominated posts for it. Keep up the good work!

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