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When that child is screaming that they want to go outside but they haven’t cleaned their room or they are slamming doors and toys, they maybe in need of correction.

Before we engage with them, it needs to be on terms where both parents and children are able to think and speak clearly. Once this child has calmed the mom sits with them, we can continue a short two-way conversation with the goals:
1) to allow them to feel heard, and
2) resolve the issue at hand.

This is how this played out in my house last week with one of my older children.

Kiddo: I wanted to go to the library.
Mom: I am sorry, you are not dressed for the library.
Kiddo: Fine! You never let me do anything I want! I guess I just won’t be able to read any books today and then I will be behind in school. Just because you won’t let me read anything!
Mom: I hear you, Kiddo, and your words are very loud. I am going to sit here with you until you are calm and ready to speak with respect.
Kiddo: But Mommmmm!
Mom: Calm and with respect
Kiddo: I am readdddddddyyyyy!
Mom: Calm and with respect. (Soft tone)
Kiddo: (4 minutes later) okay, I am ready. Sorry for yelling. I know I am not dressed right but I don’t have anything to read and I really wanted something for this afternoon.
Mom: Sure! I understand that you want to read a new book. After that response earlier, I can’t take you to the library but let’s take a look together on the bookcase.
Kiddo: Yes, ma’am. (Disappointment but no disrespect.)


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✨SOUL・・・.
Persistence.
noun
firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” ~J.K Rowling.
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If you are a woman in business, be persistent. Women before you have faced obstacles in the workplace and kept going. Do the same and influence the women who will follow you.
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#drsholarsays #empoweredtoconnect #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #girlpower #persistence #thekeytosuccess #shepersisted #drsholaraustinplasticsurgeon👸🏻


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This feels like Rileybear’s big debut! We are here at #2018nacac in the #twincities and it’s been lovely!! I’m lucky to be among mentors and friends in the adoption / foster care world. Looking forward to empowering parents during Friday afternoon’s workshop! •


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Today our faculty was challenged and inspired by a training from The Karin Purvis Institute of Child Development @child_tcu. This workshop on Trust-Based Relationships and Trauma-Informed Classrooms was brought to Ocala through @thepearlprojectcf. The Pearl Project was started by Stephen Zedler, our High School Director, and his wife, Joy. Learning about the impact of early trauma and how it affects children is critical for the classroom. One of the many takeaways from today: “Stay curious not furious.” As teachers we must seek to connect relationally and ask questions. What a great way to kickoff our inservice preparation for this new school year!


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Ok, this book is onto something! 👍🏼🏆💕 Thank you rad momma, @natashametzler , for recommending it to me! #reactiveattachmentdisorder #empoweredparents #empoweredtoconnect #empoweredparenting


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Child Bridge finds and equips foster families and is the most amazing organization! If this mission connects with your life mission, please donate. % match at @whitefishcommunityfoundation www.greatfishchallenge.org
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Exactly! What job is more important? Every mom is a super mom! Whether you gave birth to your baby or adopted, either way you’re a superhuman! Taking care of a little human being is not easy and there is no one way of parenting. Every parent has their own style of parenting and no-one’s way of parenting is wrong or bad. We need to STOP mom-shaming and parent-shaming. Everyone has their own struggles and is trying to go through parenthood using the best of their abilities. Why do we shame moms who choose to breastfeed and moms who don’t choose to breastfeed? Do we know how hard she tried before having to give up? Do we know every moms struggles? No, no we don’t. We need to support all moms because a breastfed baby or a formula-fed baby is fed either way and THAT’S what matters because as per @t.beaston fed is best! I am not able to breastfeed for a full 2 years because of my arthritis and that shouldn’t be something I should feel ashamed about, and it’s not something others should make me feel ashamed about. I have been seeing this Mom-shaming thing so much over the internet that it’s sad, because the majority who Mom-shame are moms themselves and how can you Mom-shame when you yourself are a mom? You know the struggles of parenting and you know how hard it is raising a baby. So let’s let go of Mom-shaming and support all moms. Parenting is hard enough. We don’t need people making it harder? #ellanutellababywatch #fedisbestwhetherbottleorbreast #fedisbestwhetherbottleorbreast #breastfeeding #bottlefeeding #saynotomomshame #momshame #endmomshame #wrong #parenting #parenthood #mom #motherhood #mothers #superhuman #supermom #baby #babygirl #babyboy #birth #adoption #momarethebest #parenting #loveoneanother #quotes #inspiration #bestjobever #toddler #infant #newborn #babies #empoweredtoconnect


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Who knew running would work through trauma in such a powerfully indirect way!! Most kids are not ready to address hard things directly. But addressing the same hard lessons doing other hard things is such an effective strategy💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼#adoptivemom #adoption #adoptionrocks #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #theconnectedchild #connectedkids #traumainformed #youcandohardthings #grmi #grandrapids #616 #grkids #grmom #westmichigan


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Two things that live in my purse.... 1. Stress Away💚

2. Deep Relief💙 💚Comforting scent on the go. 👉🏼The distinct mix of Vanilla and Lime gives Stress Away its unique and pleasant aroma—among other benefits, including Vanilla’s naturally occurring eugenol. This blend also includes Copaiba, which has a history of beneficial properties; Lavender, with its refreshing and calming scent; and Cedarwood, which features the powerful plant constituent cedrol. All of these ingredients are expertly blended with the exotic scent of Ocotea, a unique, Ecuador-sourced essential oil. 💚Uses💚💚💚💚💚💚 💧Roll on your wrists during busy work days to enjoy its calming scent 💧Apply to the bottoms of your feet during your evening routine for a relaxing aroma 💧Keep a roll-on in your travel bag or purse to use before rush-hour traffic, visiting hectic airports, or taking long road trips. 💧Send kids to school on test day with Stress Away’s soothing aroma 💧Apply Stress Away to your neck and shoulders before yoga to create a centering aromatic experience during practice 💙 Deep Relief Roll-On makes essential oils such as Peppermint, Wintergreen, Dorado Azul, and Helichrysum convenient for a fast-paced lifestyle. This blend of popular oils is a great companion for your trips to the gym and busy daily routine.

Oils such as Peppermint and Wintergreen provide a refreshing, cooling sensation during or after a workout, with an invigorating scent that inspires an upbeat and energetic approach to whatever keeps you active. 💙Uses💙 💧Treat yourself to an on-the-go mini massage with Deep Relief oil along the nape of your neck and shoulders or onto any other area you choose 💧Use the energizing scent during your gym session when you need a quick break. Swipe it across your neck, temples, forehead, or chest to recharge before you get back to work 💧Keep in your office or living room for a quick pick-me-up and cool, refreshing sensation 👛👛👛👛👛👛👛👛👛👛👛👛👛👛 What’s in your purse? 👛👜 #thingsthatliveinmypurse #whatsinyourpurse #musthave


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Don’t blame Monday’s. Find your passion and create a way to monetize it for yourself!
#mondayquotes #brotherkingcam #keystosuccess🔑 #doforself #empoweredtoconnect


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WINE🍷 & WRAP WEDNESDAY @beauty_artistry_co ITS A NETWORKING EVENT 7pm - 10pm. Call to RSVP 305-741-0893 or tickets available www.eventbrite.com Wine and Wrap Wednesday. ——————————————————— 🍷WINE & WRAP WEDNESDAY JULY 18th come out Network and receive our complimentary service tell a friend & bring a friend @beauty_artistry_co @beautyandstylebyp @p_makemeover @spartan_fit_couple @in_de_fete #wrapwednesday #bodysculpting #networking #beautyismybusiness #sundayfunday #onestopshop #beautyartistryco #empoweredwomen #empoweredtoconnect #sophiacaballero #bodysnatcher #BACtobasics #turnBACtime #getthatbodyBAC #bodysnatchedBAC #SLAY #securethebag #wearyourcrown


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It’s all happening tommorrow...Ps Jeff pumped to bring this word, will transform lives..freedom in the house..All welcome...Come visit..43 Orchard Grove Blackburn South..
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Morning Chronicles: Removal & Reinsertions of Nexplanon ✨
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I love gynecology and anything women’s health. Mornings of nothing but women’s health excite me. I love HTN,DM and etc but Women’s Health and Oncology hold a key to my 💛. #theempoweringnp #empoweredwomen #empoweredtoconnect #iud #nexplanon #removalofnexplanon #reinsertionofnexplanon #birthcontrol #birthcontrolimplants #nexplanonimplant #familyplanning #familymedicine #familypractice #follow #followforfollowback #procedures


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Drinking from this first Fathers Day mug the kids and I made for @david.tom.jones . This was our first professional family photo shoot. Got a great question about adoption advice in my IG stories today 👆🏻 (check them out for some raw, real thoughts😬😉!) and it’s got me thinking a bunch of #adoption thoughts.
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I feel like adopting and fostering gets a good rap for all the people who are trying to get more people to do it. But also, maybe because there is such a need!, I think people don’t shoot you straight. It’s a community of broken people loving on people from trauma and and broken families and it’s just plain hard. This doesn’t make it less beautiful or meaningful, but it’s my hope that we have more real conversations about it. We all cannot heal until we are real and authentic with our feelings; and this can only be birthed by more people telling the truth about it. .
So my truth is that adopting was absolutely, without a doubt, the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It broke me, changed me, shattered how I thought I would be, my family would be, BUT it made me grow (for the better), forced me to let go of things (things I thought were SO important but really weren’t!), and I freaking love my life BECAUSE we adopted. I can’t imagine going back to our old life! Sometimes, during the hardest times, I thought we couldn’t do it anymore. Not because of my kids, but because the whole process (even three, four years in) brought up every wound and insecurity! I even contemplated running away scenarios (seriously, and may have run away for a weekend or two to myself!), BUT because we stayed in it we grew as parents and as people. It’s the most refining thing I think humans can do, and I can say I have been refined by it for the better.
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#adopting #fosterparent #fosteringsaveslives #fostering #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #thisisus


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My new class is opening Monday in my virtual gym. We are going to work on bone strength, toning muscles, and core for 4 days a week. Talk about a summer-friendly program! All my gym members get nutrition plans and menus.


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You guys, I love being a mom. Like SO SO much! But because I highly value honesty and vulnerability, I want to share that being an adoptive mom is hands down the hardest thing I do. I never want to bad talk my kids or air out their dirty laundry, because honoring others is also a high value of mine. But if you know anything about adoption and attachment, you know, it’s not even the kid’s fault it’s hard but it JUST IS HARD. There’s no way getting around it. There are easier days and easier seasons but I still have a lot of shame and guilt around it being hard to parent my oldest. I know even for biological kids, there can be the “harder one”. And gosh, it just makes me feel SO bad. But instead of feeling bad all the time, we need to find support. We need to take care of ourselves and have people who tell you, it’s ok to not be ok but you can’t stay there! So who are those people for you? Who is listening and empathizing? Who is helping carry the load and also pushing you to be better? I would love to help be that for you with the therapy, strategies, and resources Everyday Play offers. It takes a village, how can I serve and support you?! Let me know! #momlife #honestyisthebestpolicy #adoptionrocks #adoptivemom #honestmom #grandrapids #grmom #grkids #grmi #grandrapidsmom #motherhood #pediatrictherapy #occupationaltherapy #pediatricoccupationaltherapy #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #traumainformed


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Ok, seriously, what a FUN book! During our “Connecting Time” today, we read and laughed our way through this book! It’s a great book for auditory processing and working memory and laughter—which I think is one of the best ways to connect with our kids ☺️Check out this book at your local library! @kentdistrictlibrary #grmi #grandrapids #grkids #grmom #readtoyourkids #readtolearn #playtolearn #empoweredtoconnect #connectwithyourkids #everydayplay #auditoryprocessing #workingmemory


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More than a meal - practices for building and bonding a family. Thanks, @kimblair14, for the encouragement to keep at it! Link in profile...
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#thepromiseblog
#whatsfordinner
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Went to Dairy Queen with my husband tonight 😁 I got a caramel sundae with sprinkles! And of course I had to share a little with my puppy 🐾😉 #puppy #essentialoils #empoweringwomen #fitness #beingfit #goldenpuppy #goldenretriever #icecream #cheatmeal #empoweredtoconnect #dairyqueen


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Never let them over power you. Because everything has to end even a heartbreak has to heal.


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We have control over one thing.. Ourselves.
Be empowered.
Empower others.
#LetsPartnerUp


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Playing ball with friends, what could be better when you are a little boy? We love that our P143 host kids are making so many new memories this summer. The respite for their little minds and bodies is a gift!

#theconnectedchild #attachment #globalorphancare #connectedparenting #empoweredtoconnect #refresh #refreshconference #takeaction #traumainformed #karynpurvis #sharejesus #daughteroftheking #jesuspaiditall #dosomething #beanesther #esther #bettertogether #recklesslove #donotfear #twoless #adoptionisamazing #iamloved #thisishosting #p143host


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One of our favorite post-placement classes we host!! Need more information about our upcoming trauma course for foster and adoptive parents in Kingsburg? Click the link in our profile! #citywithoutorphans #empoweredtoconnect


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Opening to self discovery, you are vibrational frequency of source energy.Are you aware that you have the power to direct your energy and raise your frequency? Do you know your emotional reality is controlled by your limiting thoughts, your ego? Are you willing to awaken to the wisdom of your soul essence, the creation that you are, the I AM consciousness? ✨
In this workshop I'll guide and help connect you to a deeper conscious state within self.Trust yourself, you can , and are allowed to open to your sensory intelligence, divine intuition, grounding you in your power of the I AM Presence. Opening up to the natural state within your energy body's ; you become the modern Mystic , the illusion buster, the bringer of the dawn. In this workshop ill speak about this and more, you are the power of LOVE.
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Expect to build a new relationship paradigm with self and others.
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Tuesday, June 26, 7-9pm
Radiance Gifts $40
Info Darlene at creationwithin@gmail.com
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✨✨Awakening to Soul Creation / an inward Revolution ✨🍃
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And.. that’s a wrap.
#GoodNight #Gratitude🙏


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In foster care especially, if you say you are going to do something, you do it. Here, I promised my kids to go to the park. Sunny skies, sweet breeze, we went to the park, 30 seconds later it started pouring rain. So what do you do? Say YES! Every time you can. Did you know that according to Simon Bailey, saying no actually diminishes the active intelligence of an individual?* So what does yes look like when you have nothing to do and it is raining??? PLAY HARDER!! * Please hear me, I am NOT advocating for permissive parenting! But sometimes, I say no because it doesn’t suit me - “no I don’t want to play in your sandbox - it is too sticky outside” or “no, you can’t wear a skirt and a dress to the grocery store.”


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Rehost kids are ones who are RETURNING to their previous host families. It's really special to see them return more relaxed and ready to step right back into the place where they left off. We love arrivals weekend!!! #theconnectedchild #attachment #globalorphancare #connectedparenting #empoweredtoconnect #refresh #refreshconference #takeaction #traumainformed #karynpurvis #sharejesus #daughteroftheking #jesuspaiditall #dosomething #beanesther #esther #bettertogether #recklesslove #donotfear #twoless #adoptionisamazing #iamloved #thisishosting #p143host


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Today on the blog, Debby interviews Jason Johnson! They discuss many things foster care including faith, the queen mother of trauma parenting Dr. Karyn Purvis, and finding a fostering support group that goes beyond a gripe session.
Link in bio!
#fostercare #fostercareis #fostercaresupport #thisisfostercare #ittakesavillage #fosterlove #empoweredtoconnect


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Food insecurity in children can turn into battles at meal times or even sneaking and hoarding.

One mom was unknowingly exacerbating food issues by giving her daughter snacks. Sometimes at least once an hour.

Finally, mom creates a structured meal and anack schedule.
Breakfast (usually around 7) and snack at 9:30. And instead of asking them what they wanted for snack, gave choices.

It took a couple of days of adjustment, but the difference has been quite remarkable. Mom suspects in an effort to make sure her daughter knew she would provide, mom may have put undue burden on DAUGHTER'S shoulders to initiate the feeding opportunity causing her to lose faith that her caregiver was reliable.
By setting the feeding routine, her daughter now understands that the adults are in charge, and will meet her needs on the regular. WAYYYYYYYYYY reduced anxious behavior!!!! Coincidence??? How do you create structure and nurture around feeding issues?
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#theadoptionconnection #adoptivemama #momhacks #foodissues #adopteddaughter #fostertoadopt #empoweredtoconnect


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Thank you CME for inviting me as your guest speaker. Such an honor to inspire young leaders like you.
#leadershipdevelopment
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#empoweredtoconnect


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Really? Is that true? Yes. Yes. Yes! One caring adult can make all the difference, you know it.
At our foster parent training, we had T, a 22 year old, bravely deciding to foster for all the right reasons. What a difference she is going to be making for our world! Instead of the comfort of sleeping in, making just her meals, clubbing, or just trying to find Mr. Right, she is going to be raising children. I am so proud to stand beside T and call her a fellow foster mom. #fostercareadventures #fostermoms


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Hubby and youngest are off adventuring. I'm introducing some camp counselors to #TBRI and otherwise enjoying the quiet.
What are you up to this weekend?
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#royalfamilykidscamp #empoweredtoconnect #dadsofinstagram #adoption #hikingadventures #poconos #momlife


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You are enough.
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Final sale event is Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Garments will be made to order and shipped 2-3 weeks after final sale date
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#bodyempowerment #bodypositive #supportourmen #givebacktothecommunity #empoweredtoconnect #empoweredmen #empowerourmen #foreverstrong #bayarea #worldwide #sjmade #sanjose #malefashion #maleblogger #supportourmen #trendymale #trendymalefashion #trends2018 #hoodielove


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#ForeverStrong
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While questioning how we could empower women, we realized that men need just as much self love as women do. Men also face similar societal pressures to be strong, powerful, well built and well dress have money and stuff. Date the most beautiful creatures. .
But what happens when that’s not the reality? What happens when you fall short of societal expectations?.....depression....self loathing....serious body dysmorphia. .
Our men deserve more. They deserve to have us support them the way we expect them to support us. .
We promise to never forget your needs.
We promise to listen.
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You are.. FOREVER STRONG
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Final sale event is Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Garments will be made to order and shipped 2-3 weeks after final sale date
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#bodyempowerment #bodypositive #supportourmen #givebacktothecommunity #empoweredtoconnect #empoweredmen #empowerourmen #foreverstrong #bayarea #worldwide #sjmade #sanjose #malefashion #maleblogger #supportourmen #trendymale #trendymalefashion #trends2018 #hoodielove


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End of the year festivities, summer excitement, but transitions aren't easy for everyone. Reminded tonight that extended snuggles and extra grace shouldn't be my last resort. I'm the one who needs a redo. #haleykate #snuggles #empoweredtoconnect #trustbasedparenting #fosteradoption


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Throw me to wolves & ill return leading the pack ☯️💎 #empowerment4days #empowerment #empoweredbirthproject #empoweredwoman #empoweredtoconnect


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“Three years ago we became foster parents to 3 and 8-year-old girls. It was the toughest experience of our young lives. We worked tirelessly to try to meet their needs, but we only seemed to exasperate their issues. In a place of desperation...”
Read more about how Connected parenting has been a game changer for the Troyers over on our blog!


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I don’t even know where to begin to tell you what my daughter has taught me. But there’s a lot to share. People often say, with adoption, that the child needed a family, but I’m telling you, I needed her. She has been one of my best yeses. Adoption can be one of the hardest yeses. And I won’t lie, it has been one of mine as well. But, wow, am I glad she’s mine. ❤️ #everydayplay #adoption #attachmentparenting #tbri #grandrapids #grmi #grkids #empoweredtoconnect


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"Bring it here please."
"No!"
"Tobias..."
"Nooooooo"
"I think you need a redo. Can you bring it to me please?"
*thinks a moment and then brings it to me*

Tobias has recently started saying no. After working pretty hard to get him to speak I have to stifle a smile when he says it. He articulates it very well, so it's a but strange to hear it! But seriously, he's too freaking cute. I mean, look at that ham.. #empoweredtoconnect #tbri


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I love this family, I cherish this team and I respect the strength these women have, skilled in their best passionate gifts they are endowed with and selflessly serving to empower people all around them. You can't come in contact with them and be the same again.

My encounter with @fun mill lagoons, "Iron LADY" as fondly called, @wumitg, Ma'am Ted as I refer are two wonderful ladies on the team.

All facilitators are extremely wonderful as we round off this 1 week Skill Acquisition and empowerment tomorrow with the graduation ceremony we call "gathering of the Champions" at #rccgsolidrockojodu Lagos Province40.

#thanksgiving
#thankful
#gatheringofchampions
#empowerment
#empoweringpeople
#empoweredtoconnect


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Sometimes you just have to sit back and watch God fight for you...✔️ #blackandwhite #followgrace #vocalsandpianos #holypeople #empoweredtoconnect


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Got the Garmin for Mother’s Day. It monitors my stress levels (even overnight if you don’t mind wearing it). I guess I’m not surprised by the levels in the day, being a RAD mom and all. But I am surprised by the lack of deep sleep at night! Basically, at night, I’m at “normal persons” levels during the day. 😕if you notice the spikes, that’s just the daily dealings with my RAD kid.. the higher ones are my response to her biting herself🤦‍♀️😱😥. Oh my.... so tired. I’m kinda laughing at myself here seeing how terrible it is. But striking it out because there’s nothing currently I can do to help myself (or for her) were kinda at a standstill. I need something more.. I just don’t know what that is yet. #traumamom #supportadoptivefamilies #adoptionstory #adoption #adoptivemom #adoptivemompodcast #adoptionnow #adopt #olderchildadoption #helpmelord #respite #ineedrespite #adoptspecialneeds #reactiveattachmentdisorder #attachmentdisorder #attachmentparenting #traumamomma #traumamommas #adoptionrocks #adoptionishard #hopetoadopt #adoptionpodcast #adoptiontrauma #supportadoption #showhope #connectedparenting #empoweredtoconnect #internationaladoption #adoptionislove


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Create it.
Attract it.
Manifest it.
#EmpoweredToConnect


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A Gray-ceful Grandma.
Uma vovó cheia de graça... E de cabelos brancos ☺️


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How do you feel when you smile? Do you smile often enough? I had reminded to smile this morning 🙃This morning I was grabbing coffee from Starbucks on my way to church and was contemplating my check list for the day for my business, Mother’s Day, driving home, consultations, dinner, and everything in between. Sound familiar?! A man sitting by the window waiting for his coffee looked at me and said something to the effect of, you have a very contemplative, passive look on your face. I immediately thought, oh my gosh what am I portraying on this beautiful Sunday morning that I am so grateful for today? I am genuinely very happy today and I’m in the business of helping people to live their happiest, healthiest life and showcase that to their family, friends, clients and most importantly, themselves! I was so concerned with my todo list and creating content (my sister @heather_boo5 did a photo shoot for me this morning) that looked really fun and showcased a happy and healthy lifestyle that I forgot to live it in the moment! In the way this man reminded me to take a step back and smile and not take life so seriously today, hope this post brings that to you! We can still get our todo lists done and be happy and healthy and enjoy our time with family and friends and we can smile while doing it! Happy Sunday everyone!
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My view today...Looks sorta glamorous ☀️🌊 but it took a LOT to get here...
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It took us 3 1/2 hours to get here once we started getting ready🙈😆...and we live five min away from this beach! It was hard. I feel like whenever I’m like, “hey kids, let’s do something fun!” they all three make a silent agreement to push all the buttons that I have. And they space each thing out just enough to where I eventually crack and have to make everyone go sit on their bed for their own safety 🙈🙏🏻. .
Then I repair and the cycle repeats. They can articulate why they do this. They’re afraid the fun thing will go away and they know they’re operating out of their anxiety and panic and scarcity. They are brilliant kids emotionally.
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And my actions and fear are part of it too. I know that I’m on edge because I’m afraid of getting triggered by them and I act super-controlly out of my own fear and anxiety attempting to do something fun.
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It’s both. Every Fun-Day I try to have zero expectations and just make myself go do the things. It doesn’t really “work” that way and there’s usually 197 parenting repairs I do along the way. But somehow, we make it here. And have the best time and are somehow closer....even though I was thisclose to staying home and putting the TV on while I read the latest @authorrsgrey novel😆. .
To all my mama friends, esp my #tbri mamas, this is hard. I’m with you. We can do hard things. I’m here for you💕. You got this😉.
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#parentingexpectations #connected #empoweredtoconnect #family #realmom #realmoments #realmomlife


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I LIFT BECAUSE…
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🏋️️‍♀️I like feeling strong, capable and confident in my everyday life.
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🏋️️‍♀️It feels so much better to focus on how much I’m capable of instead of my dress size.
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🏋️️‍♀️It’s my escape, it helps me clear my mind and refocus.
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🏋️️‍♀️It makes me just as strong mentally as I am physically.
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🏋️️‍♀️It helps me empower others, and there’s no better feeling than that.
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Why do you lift?


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#TipoftheWeek WATCH videos on #EmpoweredtoConnect website for tiny tips and video snips to help you along on the journey


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So, today is our 12 year anniversary. We have mentioned it a few times this week, but then this morning came and we both forgot! We have been busy! Our minds in other places. He called me this morning on his way to church and we laughed. Part of our busyness was leading a parenting class this weekend for parents with kids from hard places. We are doing exactly what we want to be doing together. I am thankful for God's grace, for our incredibly hard adoption journey, and for this man right here. Now, here's to planning a really great anniversary date! Love this man.


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What a beautiful evening with friends old and new! Huge thanks to the Spencers for opening their gift of a home and for celebrating with us the work that is being accomplished through #MFCC. We are grateful and so proud of our amazing staff/co-laborers who make the magic happen for children and families every single day. God is so good! #tbri #empoweredtoconnect


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If all our bodies were tongues,it is not enough to tell what You have done for us.....
#worship #weworshipyoujesus #wegouptogether #followmeplease #follow2befollowed #graced #empoweredtoconnect #holypeople


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#Repost @ted.initiative. I love this Empowerment family. Walahi! ・・・
"When you move with the right company of endowed people, you carry the capacity to empower people"
We are good Company, we empower lives.
Crew that stands out to deliver the world and credit to God for yet another successful Empowerment Training Programme in Ibadan City.

Watch Out! We are going back to Ibadan with a fuller capacity and intelligence this month, precisely kicking off on 7th. Details rolling out soon.

#empoweredtoconnect
#empoweredtorule
#wearethebest
#savemorelives
#Ted.initiative
#sahub
#wearegood


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"When you move with the right company of endowed people, you carry the capacity to empower people"
We are good Company, we empower lives.
Crew that stands out to deliver the world and credit to God for yet another successful Empowerment Training Programme in Ibadan City.

Watch Out! We are going back to Ibadan with a fuller capacity and intelligence this month, precisely kicking off on 7th. Details rolling out soon.

#empoweredtoconnect
#empoweredtorule
#wearethebest
#savemorelives
#Ted.initiative
#sahub
#wearegood


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Don't miss out on this opportunity. Click the link below to reserve your spot.
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I found this picture when I was scrolling through old photos the other day and it left me stunned. It was taken shortly after we adopted Gresh and Emma while we were at Mayo Clinic for Emma's heart surgery. I may have posted this at the time and it may have come across as a mom enjoying some special one on one time with her adorable son, but now that a few years have gone by I feel like I can peel back the curtain and confess that I was terrified to spend time alone with this precious little boy. I look at this picture now and I weep because I don't remember Gresham ever being that little. Although he may have looked like a 4 year old on the outside, on the inside he was more like an angry and defiant teenager who spent every moment trying to push me away and prove that he didn't need or want my love and those are the memories I have. Trauma is not a fun game to play, guys. It robs years of innocence from its victims and it continues to try to steal from everyone it touches. I am blown away by the healing that has taken place in Gresham's heart and mind, but the trauma will never be completely erased. I share this because I know there are so many who are crawling through its deep trenches at this very moment.
If I could go back to the time this picture was taken there are so many things I would do differently. I pray I would be able to see the precious little 4 year old that was hiding under all the unacceptable behaviors... but I also know, at the time I did my best and that is the message I want to send to those who are still in the dark trenches of trauma. 👉🏻Your best is enough.👈🏻Your exhausted, weary, often faking-it best is... enough. God can heal in spite of your mistakes and your love, my friend, on your worst day is a million times better than what that child had before so don't wallow in your mistakes. Say I'm sorry often, but know that God doesn't call the qualified He gives strength to the weak and He will use even your shortcomings to bring His healing.
#adoption #trauma #adoptionrocks #olderchildadoption #empoweredtoconnect #youareenough #godisable


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Our first exposure to #tbri at an #empoweredtoconnect conference was mind blowing. I so wish we had this training while we were raising our son. I also kept thinking how helpful this could be for #royalfamilykids


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Just finished an 2 day 9-5 #tbri conference on #connectedparenting called #empoweredtoconnect. Check it out if you've got foster or adoptive kiddoss.
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It was like drinking from a fire hydrant.
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I heard about these body socks while I was there. Looked them up....they're supposed to help kids get proprioceptive sensory input....I think. .....But apparently they're also amazing for choreographing dance moves 😂😂😂
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Cracking me up. Goodnight y'all, I'm exhausted.
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#raisinggirlsisawesome #lovejesus #healthierfoods  #mommalife #relentless #nevergiveup #freetobeme #emotionalhealth #healthymomma #strongereveryday #findyourtribelovethemhard #dothethings #adoptionjourney #bibledaily #takerisks #eatgoodfeelgood #adoptionstory #crunchymomma #cleaneatingforlife #lovewhoyouare #bebravebeyourself #counselinglife #vulnerabilityisstrength #graceenough #hearinglosswontstopme #bebraver #selfcarematters


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We love @empoweredtoconnect and all they do for children, especially those from trauma #empoweredtoconnect #trauma #fostercare #adoption #humansoffostercare


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Day two of the Empowered to Connect Conference is off to a phenomenal start. Our goal: to better love and support adopted and foster children and their families.


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