Weekend Reading | May 22

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. The Setback This is a story about a setback that my daughter and I went through a few days ago…And how we overcame it successfully ....more

You Know You’re Practicing Parenting with Connection When…

You catch yourself saying to the dog, “Good job not barking at the fence this morning.” You start giving choices to your pets. Your child asks YOU if YOU need a redo. You ask your co-workers if your eyes are kind enough and your voice is playful enough ....more

Weekend Reading | May 15

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. Helping Someone with PTSD PTSD can lead to difficulties managing emotions and impulses ....more

Foto Flashback Friday

DISCLAIMER: These are last year’s (June 2014) dance recital photos because that’s how behind in life I am. With 6 kids and 2 drivers, we obviously have to be selective to which extracurricular activities we commit. While saying, “no” to the kids can be hard (especially in today’s culture), it has forced everyone to really examine where their giftings, passions, and talents lie ....more

Which parenting tools to use when

Having a list of trust-based parenting tools is great unless you choose to use them when they’re not effective. With kids from hard places, there are a set of tools you want to access when your child is triggered and in survival mode. The rest are not effective unless you have met his primal need and regained access ot your child’s logic or thinking brain ....more

Weekend Reading | May 8

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. Empathy makes difficult feelings much less difficult Sometimes the stress builds up in the family and everyone is affected....more

Self-calming techniques

There is a mix of techniques for older and younger kids so pick and choose what works for your family. Honestly, mom and dad might need these, too! Magic Mustache ....more

How to help #Baltimore

I keep hearing/seeing phrases like “black lives matter” and “racial reconciliation.” I’m sick of them. They are just creating more divisions. I’ll be the first to admit that racism is alive and well, but the problems in Baltimore (or any where else for that matter) are not just about race ....more

Weekend Reading | May 1

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. The Cutting Edge of Trauma Treatment: Healing Through the Body Because trauma is so linked with the body, a growing number of people—led by van der Kolk—have been vocal advocates for incorporating body-based techniques into trauma recovery ....more

Anxiety Beast

My daughter came home at age 1 and is now 11, nearly 12. Her journey includes scary words like “incomplete attachment,” sensory integration disorder, asthma and severe allergies, but the one that rules our world is anxiety. No, that’s not right ....more