Wendy Borders Gauntner

Lee & Me

In her own version of Roadmap to Holland, Wendy learns that there is a precarious balance between honoring a child’s difficult past and the present task of developing a confident, well-adjusted child in today’s world.

Lee and Me: What I Learned from Parenting a Child with Adverse Childhood Experiences is one mother’s heartwarming story of personal experiences and lessons learned while raising her son who was adopted from Korea.

Part memoir, part instruction manual, part humorous inclusion in a club no one advertises, and part guide to regaining one’s own center in the midst of all the chaos, you will learn about:

  • Early experiences, such as adoption, and potential effects on brain development and behavior;
  • Working within the school system to create a positive educational environment through effective advocacy for your individual child;
  • Therapeutic parenting strategies for complex needs;
  • Assessing alternative therapies and interventions;
  • Acknowledgement of the emotional impact of child behaviors on parents, and the differences between pampering and self-care;
  • Mindful awareness of your own thoughts about your parenting situation, and how to address them.

Exhausted, frustrated and desperate parents — of adoptive, foster and stepchildren, or any child who has had a history of early separation or trauma – will find themselves laughing, crying and knowing they are not alone.