Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Julie
    October 3, 2010

    Amen. We just went to see Dr. Purvis two weeks ago. She has amazing insight and specific help for parents of kids from hard places. I've been blogging (ever so slowly) about the wisdom and hope she gave us.

    Much love,
    Julie

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  2. sandee
    October 3, 2010

    Thank you for posting this. It is hopeful. Tonight, I tried to do a "family" thing….all four kdis playing WII bowling, hoping to build a postive interaction. It deteriorated too quickly with two being out of control and the other two resenting it and getting angry. 🙁 I walked away so discouraged. Trying to build anything, even a few moments of fun as a family, together vs all the turmoil we experience all day every day. Then, with all in bed, I came and listened to this video. It is hopeful. I CAN think of one thing that each child likes. As a single mom of four, I just can't figure out how to do something with each one individually. We are ALWAYS together, all five of us, all the time. And If I try to go off in one room with one, who knows what is happening with the other three. I am praying God will show me a way.

    Thank you for posting this. Tonight was the right timing for me to hear it.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 4, 2010

      Sandee, I can imagine the extra burden you carry. Even with two of us, Russ and I don't feel that we can meet everyone's needs. Maybe you need to try to keep it really small…literally a few moments of connection to start. Ten minutes with you after the other three go to bed could have a huge impact. The Lord knows your needs and those of your children — I'm praying that He will grant you wisdom.

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  3. coffeemom
    October 4, 2010

    Agreed. She is so good. The best. I would love to go see her in person, but it's so tough to get away….these snippets are (always) great. Thanks for posting them! M

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