My wife and I find
that it is too easy for our nephew to tell us that he?s
sorry, to promise that he won?t do something again, or
to say whatever it is that he thinks we want him to say,
when it can serve to meet some short term goal of his.
The problem, of course, is that he has put very little
thought into any of it, and it doesn?t mean a thing to
than ask that he apologize for something that he?s not
in the least sorry about, we have him write an essay
about whatever it was that earned him the consequence.
Writing an essay serves the dual purpose of enhancing
his thought processes while serving as an alternative
consequence for misbehavior.
the results include only about 5% content, or less; but
amongst the filler material, we occasionally find some
gems. we?ll include some of them here, along with those
of other kids with reactive attachment disorder. In the
future, we may decide to add some artwork, as well.
also added writings of other published authors, such as
R.D. Laing, which, while not intended to speak to
reactive attachment disorder, nevertheless seem fitting.
you - or your child - have written anything that you
think might be a good addition to this area, please send
it to me. We will attribute, if you wish, or we?ll
respect your anonymity, if you desire.
consider drawings, as well.