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This review is from: No Matter What: An Adoptive Family's Story of Hope, Love and Healing (Paperback)
Mrs Donovan writes about her adopted children, and how their early experiences affect them, their deep sense of shame, and how that affects the family. She also talks about her own reactions, how she learned to be a better parent.
I found I could not put it down, I finished it at 4am and I am hoping for the sequel... but looking at the dates, they are still living the sequel, no chance yet.
On one level, it is about how the early experiences of a baby will always affect them. On another level, it speaks to all parents, as many children carry a deep sense of shame, and many children will act in similar (though less extreme), way.
It also should be required reading for teachers in training, as the teaching styles that don't work for adopted children also fail other "problem" children, and blaming the child, rather than changing the approach, is certainly not something only found in the one school.
A brilliant book for any parent, and a very interesting read for anyone interested in children.