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 | Aug. 28

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 Brain in Your Belly The enteric nervous system (the gut-brain) and the central nervous system (the head-brain) also share another intriguing similarity ....more

Yoga Resources for Kids

Between the movement and the focus on mindfulness and breathing, yoga is a fabulous tool for the parent of a child from a hard place. Check out these posts and resources for ideas on how to integrate yoga into your routine. 5 Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses To Help Your Child Avoid A Meltdown Maybe it’s a refusal to put on a hat, maybe it’s wanting to get out of the car, or not get out of the car — whatever the trigger (and it can be anything, can’t it?) we all know the moment when our child is careening toward a full-on meltdown ....more

Weekend Reading | Aug. 14

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 ACE Study–link between autoimmune diseases, chronic stress and childhood trauma? ...more

Yes or No? | Nurture or Structure?

“Yesses” are how we make deposits into children’s trust banks. Here are some wise words recounted by a student at Texas Christian University. Recently in class, my professor said, “When parents say ‘no’ to one of their child’s requests, it’s usually out convenience.” It’s not convenient to give 4 snacks in one sitting ....more

Weekend Reading | Aug. 7

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts to help you gear up for the school year....more

Does Language Influence our Attitude toward Behaviour?

I was lucky to get a place at the recent Kinship Carer event hosted by Children 1st. I was delighted as I love the work of Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, she has an amazing way of helping us understand our children and the importance of connection to help build our children’s brains. Every time I hear her speak or read something she has written I take something different from it ....more

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