Parenting with Connection: The Blog

A photography-dabbling, primal-eating, black-belt seeking, housework-hating, triathlon-trying, homeschooling, grace-needing mom's attempt to capture life as it happens with 6 kids from all over the globe.

Weekend Reading | Jul. 31

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 Stories That Bind Us After a while, a surprising theme emerged ....more

Becoming the Parent of a Special Needs Child

One Year ago my son came home. Even writing those words seems crazy. Right now I am cuddling next to my sweet boy as he settles down before nap ....more

Weekend Reading | Jul. 24

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. On Throwing Rocks and On Putting Them Down When we talk about trauma (or when I tell neat and tidy anecdotes about it) it is incredibly easy to make it into an “us and them” deal ....more

How has the Adoption Community Supported You?

Image courtesy of Feelart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net These answers came from a group of 25 adoptive moms who are all doing their best to parenting with connection as a priority for healing. By bringing my other kids to the park, watching my kids, going to an adoptive/foster moms weekend retreat! By being open about their experiences, even if they were things I didn’t want to hear ....more

Weekend Reading | Jul. 17

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. Obedience: Why Do You Have To Tell Them Five Times? ...more

Things I Wish I Had Known…

That it is a very different parenting journey. Not worse but very different. That it will change who I am as a person ....more

Weekend Reading | Jul. 10

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. 8 Common Mistakes Parents Make with Siblings The only thing harder than parenting a child is parenting more than one at the same time ....more

The Adopted Child from the Inside Out

Go see Disney’s Inside Out and THEN if you want a window into the mind of an adopted child….specifically a traumatized adopted child…OR if you want a way to talk to your children about what an adopted child may be thinking/feeling – then read this: Imagine the first emotion being born in your soul is Sadness rather than Joy. The first memories – the core memories – are, from that point on, colored by Sadness – the sadness of abandonment/rejection. Your personality islands are not Family Island, Friendship Island, Honesty Island, Goofball Island or Hockey Island…Instead they are Orphanage Island in place of Family Island, Lonely/Abuse Island instead of Friendship Island, Survival Island (where fantasy, the unknown and lying all collide) instead of Goofball Island, and Space Island (where the mind just blanks out into no man’s land) instead of Hockey (or any other hobby) Island ....more

Weekend Reading | July 3

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. RAD Excitement (No! ...more

5 Alternatives to Residential Treatment

When families are at the end of their rope, out-of-home, residential treatment seems to be the default next step. This post is in no way meant to pass judgment on or create guilt around residential treatment. We’ve faced firsthand the desire to just have our child stop creating havoc in our lives ....more