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Staying Flexible = More Magical Moments

Parenting Tip: Don’t get too caught up on planning every moment with toddlers at Disney. Be flexible and let the magical moments happen!

I’m a control freak and a planner. 

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The Disney Magic-O-Meter: Kid vs. Adult vs. Parent?

I am a self-proclaimed Disney connoisseur.  Why do I feel qualified to make such a bold statement?  Simply because I have experienced Disney in four very important ways, three of which are the topic of this post.   470 more words


My daughter's 1st word was Minnie...

Maybe.  Or it could have been shit. In all reality, we can’t remember what her first word was.  We know she said Mama and Dada, but I wanted to know what her first real word was.   171 more words


Trying New Consequences

Yesterday did not end as well as it started.  My youngest was having problems during dinner and things that followed were not how I would like to end a Mother’s Day.   730 more words


Lifebooks for parents

Parent lifebooks are a creative form of modeling, which is a core principle of connected parenting!

Katie and I attended lifebooks training at our adoption agency. 907 more words

Our Adoption Process

Building a bridge for transition

I was driving through the slushy Colorado mountain roads on the way to work, listening to a podcast episode about “preparing older children to be adopted.” And I was frustrated that the episode only talked about international adoptions with a passing remark about “if you’re adopting through foster care, your case worker will walk you through the process.” Well… that’s not enough info for ME as we begin the matching process and I consider our mindset/heartset and how to best transition our future child.  1,613 more words

Trauma-Informed Parenting

Co-Regulation: How's your engine running?

In a training class at our adoption agency last night, we talked about how humans are not born knowing how to self-regulate. Self-regulation means: I can monitor and control my behavior, emotions, or thoughts, and adjust them as situations change. 806 more words

Trauma-Informed Parenting