Rockin' Mama Update

How are all of you wonderful Rockin’ Mamas doing?

Are you seeing fruit from your efforts to connect with your child?  Is your child receiving and enjoying the time with you?

Are you having any difficulties getting the rocking done?

I can tell you the two most difficult things I am facing in the Challenge.

First, that word “consecutive.” Deborah challenged me to rock Honeybee for 28 consecutive days.  We knew from the beginning that there would be breaks, but she wanted me to be as consistent as possible.  I’m doing my best, but there are days when I’m just not able to rock.

Last week we traveled to Seattle for therapy and medical appointments.  The girls were in school all day, then in the car until late at night.  The following day was completely full of appointments followed by a six hour drive home.

There was no time to rock.

My second challenging point is being alone with Honeybee. We have eleven people living in our home and there aren’t many places to get away with one child.   Add the need for a rocking chair and it gets complicated.  The two best chairs for rocking a bigger child are in our family room and living room.  It’s pretty tough to clear those rooms out, so on occasion, we need to rock with other people around.  Honeybee doesn’t like this, but I’ve told her we can only do our best and it won’t always be exactly the way we want it to be.

Despite my imperfect efforts, I see some sweet results from our rocking time.  We’ve had meaningful conversations, I’ve prayed over her, and we’ve laughed together.

I would love to hear how your Rockin’ Challenge is going. If you haven’t joined us yet, it isn’t too late.  Although we were hoping to rock for 28 consecutive days, ending on February 14th, this Challenge is not about perfection, but about loving our children.

Even if you’re not participating in the Challenge, click on over to the Challenge page and look at the great list of moms – and blogs – who have joined in.  It’s a beautiful sight!

Join us!


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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.


  1. learningpatience
    January 18, 2011

    We have a lot less than 11 eleven living here and rare are the alone moments, so I can't even image what a struggle that is for you!

    Sending updates – that's my biggest challenge! I've had an e-mail to you started for a long time now!

  2. coffeemom
    January 18, 2011

    I think my biggest challenges are both yours: CONSECUTIVE, and "learning patience's" above: sending updates.
    It's the consecutive thing that is the hardest, by far. I have such a hard time being consecutive in ANYTHING….or, everything. Sigh. But it's still worth trying again and again…and this crazy snow day holiday month behind us (and ahead) has provided ample opportunity for rocking calling to me and my radar…and so I pull her into my lap and do it. She sometimes resists, but then I make a silly show of it and she will melt into me. It helps. Very hard to slow down, stop, and make it happen some days…but it helps!! Have also expanded to other kids, not daily, but much less prompting to get me there w/ them.

  3. rebekah
    January 18, 2011

    Biggest challenge is consecutive days. We did great for awhile, then not so great. I haven't done any journaling about it at all, but I know it's helping both kids and we will continue. I figured if we'd been consecutive we'd be done about a week from now, but we'll continue on till February 14th. We will have a big break of a vacation in there and I don't think we'll have access to a rocker. But instead I will shoot for 15 minutes of sitting time.

  4. Jillian
    January 18, 2011

    About that consecutive thing….*laughing*….trying 🙂

  5. @mkgivler
    January 18, 2011

    WOW, what a beautiful pictures of Honeybee! She looks so grown up!


  6. Kate
    January 18, 2011

    Oh I have one who needs rocking and I have to think about this. The one who needs it is the one I feel the least like rocking. This would really make my heart stretch way way out. Thanks for this. Pray for me.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      January 18, 2011

      Ah Kate, I'm praying for you right now. I know how very hard this can be.


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