Parenting with Connection: The Blog

  1. I'm type A, engineer-minded, and love lists.
  2. I love Jesus, but I'm struggling with the American church.
  3. People energize me.
  4. Books, veggies, herbal tea, photography, and essential oils are my happy places.
  5. I'm allergic to cleaning. Don't judge me by my house.
  6. If I didn't see it, it didn't happen. #visuallearner

Connection for the Win | A Before-School Special

Editor’s note: With the return to “normal” just around the corner, this...more

One family’s road to healing

Once upon a time there was a family with a really hurt child who was a fighter. She had some points to prove, and she wasn’t going to let anyone get in her way. Nobody loved her ....more

5 Steps to Handling Misbehavior with Connection

We are creatures of habit. Whether it be the way we were parented or the stress of raising kids from hard places, I find most parents (myself included) are reactionary to misbehavior. The milk spills, we yell (if not at our kids, in general exasperation) ....more

Weekend Reading | Oct. 21

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 Respond When Your Child is Disrespectful If you are triggered by their disrespectful behavior, your brain goes into survival mode too ....more

11 Treatment Modalities for Kids from Hard Places

Before parenting children from hard places, I had a pretty bare toolbox. The learning curve after our first adoption was steep. During our journey, we’ve learned about, and even tried, innumerable tactics to serve our kids in their healing process ....more

Weekend Reading | Sept. 30

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. Trauma and the Brain: An Introduction for professionals working with teens The youth then gets labeled as a “trouble-maker” when in fact his trauma was triggered by an unskillful approach to classroom management ....more

Perception of our Children Matters

Research on everything from body language to how our food is plated supports that our perception of reality...more

Weekend Reading | Sept. 2

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 People Learn to Become Resilient One of the central elements of resilience, Bonanno has found, is perception: Do you conceptualize an event as traumatic, or as an opportunity to learn and grow? ...more

8 Steps to Follow When You are Triggered

The following was contributed by...more

Weekend Reading | Aug. 19

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. 10 Miracle Phrases to Help You Reconnect With Your Child {Printable} In these moments, you have your own stress hormones to deal with, too ....more
Menu