“Billy Kaplan and Christine Moers have produced a wonderful video that describes the basics of therapeutic parenting. They don’t rely on special video effects to convey their knowledge and ideas. They simply sit and and have a conversation with us, with empathy, respect, interest, and a clear desire to be of help.

First they help us to understand the tremendous challenges that children face when they are given the chance to live in a safe home with caring and committed parents, after first having experienced neglect and abuse at the hands of their original parents. Then Christine and Billy let us know that they “get” the tremendous challenges facing parents who are trying to raise these children.

They do not give us magical techniques or parenting cookbooks. They direct our minds to the basics: an attitude of playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy (PACE) along with the value of developing a home that provides these children with safety, supervision, structure, and support. They offer no quick fix: Christine speaks of the need to interact with your child, again, and again, and again. . . However, they leave us with hope and renewed energy to provide these children with what they desperately need.”

– Dan Hughes, Ph.D.
Quittie Glen Center for Mental Health


“I’ve had a girl crush on Christine ever since I found her blog a zillion years ago. She parents and blogs with grace, humility and humor. Add in the inestimable Billy Kaplan and you have a therapeutic parenting powerhouse. Watch the video, then watch it again. Drag your significant other in the room and make them watch it. Order a pizza tomorrow night and… you guessed it, watch it again. It takes repeated exposure and practice, practice, practice to get this down and make it feel authentic.

Celebrate your mistakes, accept your own imperfections and humanity.

… whatever your circumstances allow. Just make sure you watch it.”

– Kimberly Lang, parent


“An amazing and important resource for parents with children who have experienced early childhood trauma and/or have attachment disorders. It teaches an outside-the-box way of responding to these children’s incredibly challenging behaviors that isn’t punitive or shaming. It is based on some of Daniel Hughes’ work on using playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy as the basis of parenting hurt children, but builds upon it in a way that is healthy and healing. It also teaches some of the basics of attachment and how the normal attachments formed in early childhood are broken or damaged for many of our kids. A must-have for any adoptive or foster parent. I found out about the DVD through House Calls Counseling’s amazing conference called Parenting in SPACE for parents of kids with trauma. It happens every year in the Chicago area. The therapist and therapeutic parent in this DVD are both involved in teaching and leading this conference.”

– TheraMom, parent and Amazon reviewer