It seems we've turned a corner with Zinashi, a big one. These past two days, her behavior has been better than it has ever been. Ever. And I'm certain I know why, but I'm not going to tell you many of the details because I think it would disrespect Zinashi to share too much.
I will tell you that I refreshed my knowledge of flight, fight, or freeze response indicators. (FAQ "How do you know it's a trauma response and not just normal development?" There's your answer.)
I will tell you that I got bold, and I did the therapeutic parenting equivalent of flipping the bird to everyone who ever told me that this is probably just normal developmental stuff, and I was over-reacting and projecting.
Fears were named.
Connections were made.
Conversations about big feelings continue to occur.
I am so proud of this little girl.