Susan Badeau

There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children - one is roots, the other is wings


Sue writes blogs 2-4 times per month under two threads.  The first, "Building Bridges of Hope" offers reflections, insights and tips for professionals, parents, caregivers and others who work with children who have experienced trauma and their families.  The second, "Hope for the Journey" offers devotional reflections on the insights, questions, and applications Sue gleans from her own spiritual journey and Bible study."

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Teaching Gratitude, Part II

Posted by Sue Badeau on December 1, 2014 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Four Ways to Teach Gratitude to Children, part II


Teaching gratitude to children requires intentional effort on the part of parents. Part I of this blog offered two tips:


1. Model Thankfulness, and

2. Build Gratitude into family routines


Today, I continue with two more tips:


3. Practice delayed gratification – We all know the saying, &#...

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Four Tips for Teaching Thankfulness to Children

Posted by Sue Badeau on November 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

November, the month when we gather with families and friends to eat turkey and pumpkin pie, is also known as the month of gratitude. In the social media age, it has become more and more common for people to use this month as an opportunity to post and share daily lists of all that they have to be thankful for in life.

Ironically, this spirit of overflowing gratitude is immediately followed by total immersion into a season of rampant consumerism characterized by an epidemic ...

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We Didn't Start the Fire (With Apologies to Billy Joel)

Posted by Sue Badeau on November 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We Didn’t Start the Fire (with apologies to Billy Joel)

Just before my mother was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004 she was on a vacation with her husband and came down with the famous “flu-like symptoms.” Thankfully, her doctors did not simply treat her for the flu but they dug deeper to find the true cause of her symptoms. Because of their persistence we had one year longer with my mother than we may otherwise have had.

Digging for...

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Keep Calm and Care-On: 4 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

Posted by Sue Badeau on November 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (8)

 When I was in the sixth grade in my hometown of Barre, Vermont, my grandmother came to live with our family. My mom and dad both worked and it was my job to come home for lunch and check on “Mamie.” I’ll never forget the time I walked into the house to find her in the kitchen, tears in her eyes, jelly smeared everywhere and t...

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Top Ten Tips for Writing and Speaking for the Voiceless

Posted by Sue Badeau on October 28, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (2)

“Is this not what it means to know me?”

Writing and Speaking UP for the Voiceless 

I am an advocate, particularly for children and families who have experienced trauma and who may find themselves entangled in the very systems designed to help such as the child welfare, special education, health, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. I spend a good portion of my time writing and speaking up...

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Let the Children Come

Posted by Sue Badeau on October 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (2)


The tears were stinging the backs of my eyelids, struggling against my will to spill

out and surge like a raging river down my already flushed, red cheeks. I was so

determined not to let my tormentors see me cry, I bit down fiercely on the inside of

my lower lip, and soon the metallic taste of blood overpowered my other senses and

gave me something to focus on as I blindly ran away.

Directly into the path of an oncoming car.

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If our Family were a Meal . . .

Posted by Sue Badeau on September 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (2)

As the new school year gets underway and children and parents are often going in many different directions, how do you balance building a shared family identity with nurturing each child’s uniqueness?

This exercise is a good place to start!

“If our family was a meal, the meal we would be is ______...

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"Nature vs Nurture" And Navajo Rug Weaving

Posted by Sue Badeau on August 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A child is rude, disrespectful and constantly “acting-up” in the classroom.

Was he “born to be wild?”

Or is it a case of bad parenting?

Two frightened children survive a school shooting by squeezing side-by-side under a desk.

After a perio...

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Robin Williams, Michael Brown and The Information Age

Posted by Sue Badeau on August 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (3)

We live in the “Great Information Age.”

Have a question? Wonder about something? Google it.

There are answers for everything.

Every corner of the earth has been explored. Humans have been to outer space and the depths of the o...

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Get your GLEE on!

Posted by Sue Badeau on July 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I had the privilege of being a guest blogger at Upgrade with Dawn - writing about how to have a GLEEFUL (not GRUMPY) summer.  Enjoy it here