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Testing My Anger Management Skills
I'm committed to staying out of trouble
author image When the writer gets locked up in juvenile detention for three months, she uses everything she learned in therapy to stay out of fights.

After spending three weeks at Rikers last year for beating a girl up, I promised myself I would work on controlling my anger so I wouldn’t get in any more fights... [more]

That One Person That One Person
Finding a Mom - Growing Older, Switching Therapists - My Mentor Turned My Life Around - Sticking With My Sister - PLUS - Staff Shout-Out - Win $350!
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Tough Guise The author is dismayed by the "masculinity" of his father -- emotionless unless drunk, and then aggressive. When the author is cast in a play as a husband who learns to express his feelings, he finds a new way to be a man. [more]
My Foster Parents Showed My Son and Me How to Feel Safe A young mother grows to trust her foster parents and let them love her son. [more]
How I’ll End the Foster Care Cycle Brittany assesses the parenting she got from her father and her mother and decides which things she'll take from them when she has her own children. [more]
Don’t Let Shame Keep You From Being a Good Parent Mothers who had their children taken away describe how they are now helping other mothers in the same circumstances. [more]
Losing Ms. Theresa Sharlene chooses to go into care when her mother is diagnosed with schizophrenia. She gets a good foster mom, but she acts out and has to move. [more]
How to Drop the Hot Potato Psychologist Sylvia Lester explains how to distance yourself from past abuse. [more]
Free From Family Maria's mother leaves her home alone all day and evening and beats her when she is home. Maria is put into care and given a choice of families. [more]
Choosing the Wrong Mom The author's mom abuses her, and she goes into care. She finally gets a loving foster mom, but then her biological mom wants her back. [more]
Powerful Attachments Psychotherapist Russell Saunders explains how to heal from a parent's abuse or neglect, how to make boundaries with those parents, and what needs to happen before you can forgive them [more]
What a Mother Gives You Without a mother, Victoria went from one bad living situation to another, which made everything else hard. A good foster mother helped her find her talents and make friends. [more]
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