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 or Executive Director Forrest Lien. Learn more about our unique treatment model for children with reactive attachment disorder and meet our treatment families.
“Sports are a big part of our lives here at the Roosma home! Most of our kids play sports in school. It’s a fun family privilege for all of us to watch football together on the weekends. While it may sound trivial to the average person, it takes a lot to watch sports together in our family. The kids have to learn how to manage conflict and still act with respect toward the rest of us, no matter the team we each choose to support. Sometimes, it doesn’t go well and that’s also a learning opportunity. We allow the kids to remain responsible for their choices. When they respectfully watch sports with us, they get the privilege to stay and enjoy. If they don’t, they know they’re no longer invited on the couch with us and we find them another part of the house and a different activity. So it’s more than a football game on the couch – it’s about learning how to build trust, manage healthy relationships, and how to live respectfully in a family. When they learn how to do so, they have the chance to rejoin their own families and let in that love and joy in their hearts.”
-Chris Roosma, therapeutic treatment dad at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development