When Nurturing Your Children Doesn’t Come Naturally

Friend Patty was sporty, fit and planned to become an astronaut. Instead, she became a wife and mother. Patty didn't feel as if she had a mothering instinct. Lovey-dovey stuff didn't come easy to her. She worked hard to curb her military manner. Because she worked so hard, she became an excellent parent. One of [...]

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Investment Parenting with Co-Regulation

Susie, a friend of mine (plus foster and adoptive Mom) shared a conundrum she had recently while teaching four year-olds during Sunday school class. A new little one melted down and hid under the table. She had no special instructions for the little one and wasn't sure how to handle it. You see, there is [...]

Should You Attend the Empowered to Connect Conference?

Remember that old commercial, "Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids!" That rabbit never gives up, he keeps trying to capture his share of the sugary cereal. That's the same scenario that plays out when people see the banner, post or tweet about the Show Hope's Empowered to Connect Conference (April 8th and 9th) They think, [...]

When You are not Able to Parent an Adopted Child, is it YOUR Fault?

"I just can't parent this child. I don't know what is wrong with me!" she said as I sat across the table from her in the coffee shop. We sipped our hot strong caffeine laden brews, her face showed signs of stress and tension from trying to parent a difficult child.   If this sounds [...]