This post is one of our Family Friday series when we give you a peek into our family treatment homes. Each Friday, we’ll show you a picture, along with a description from one of our treatment parents. Learn more about our unique treatment model for children with reactive attachment disorder and meet our treatment families.
“Here’s Joe* about to get started on the dishes after dinner last night. Each child in our home is responsible for daily tasks such as doing dishes or shoveling snow. No matter how long the task takes or how much they complain, Chris and I do not take over.
Children with reactive attachment disorder need to be held responsible and accountable in all aspects of their lives – including around the house. The fact that we set limits and hold them accountable actually helps them to feel safe. This is a part of helping them to let go of control and to allow us to parent them. At the same time, helping out around the house teaches them how to be “family kids” and helps to build their confidence and self-esteem.”
-Dyan Roosma, therapeutic treatment mom at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development
*name changed to protect identity