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 | Mar. 27

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. A 30 DAY CONNECTED KID CHALLENGE (30 CONNECTION BUILDING ACTIVITIES) I’m going through a really difficult season with one of my kids right now ....more

Weekend Reading | Mar. 20

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 Adverse Childhood Experiences Study the Largest Public Health Study You Never Heard Of Part 1 “Adverse childhood experiences” has become a buzzword in social services, public health, education, juvenile justice, mental health, pediatrics, criminal justice, medical research and even business ....more

A Little Perspective

When I was 37 my husband took a job in Kazakhstan. We moved everything either into storage or took it with us, as we were agreeing to stay 3 years. We did not have children yet and that was part of why I agree to go ....more

Weekend Reading | Mar. 13

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. How To Make Difficult Conversations Easy Here’s what you’ll learn in this post: The magic phrase that gets people to stop yelling ....more

How to Start a Family Nurture Group

Nurture groups are intentional times for children and youth to playfully learn social/emotional skills. 1....more

Weekend Reading | Mar. 6

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 Healing Power of “Giving Voice” Through no fault of their own, many of these children and youth develop aberrant survival strategies following the loss of their voices ....more

Attachment: What it is and what it isn’t

In the adoption world, “attachment,” “bonding,” and “relationship” tend to be used interchangeably which can really confuse and muddy the conversation around such matters. John Bowlby, an early 20th century psychoanalyst, defined attachment behaviors as a biological, instinctual response to seek safety when threatened by a perceived danger. Attachment does not equal relationship or even bonding ....more

Weekend Reading | Feb. 27.

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. Neurofeedback: Balancing Brains — Children — Impacted by Early Traumatic Experiences Neurofeedback is a promising therapy that can help the brain recover from early hurts ....more

The High Protein Snack Idea List

Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net Stabilizing blood sugar levels in kids from hard places can empower them to have more stable moods and optimal cognitive functioning. High protein snacks and a glass of water every 2 hours is a simple way to empower your child. Here are some ideas for high-protein snacks: Nut butters on apples, crackers, or veggie sticks ....more