“My ‘challenging child’ is a challenged child, emotionally damaged by people…” ~ from ‘Chosen Child’.
One of the challenges of parenting an ‘older’ child is identifying and addressing the ‘survival’ habits/behavior adopted by the child in response to his/her early life of adversity, neglect, and often abuse. This is an ongoing process, and especially challenging in the ‘early days’ of fostering. Be encourage … it does get better over time! For the Christian parent, this means we must continually focus our attention on instruction, and the loving correction of ‘heart’ issues.