Shame, a Simple Tool, and What About the Other Kids?

I have THREE new videos to share with you!

First, I talked about Suffering, Shame, and Faith in the parenting journey.

The second is a quick tip for helping kids become calm and focused.

Yesterday I recorded a video about siblings when new children from “hard places” join the family.

You can find these videos on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page. I’m also creating a YouTube channel and will let you know as soon as it’s ready.

I’m enjoying doing these Live videos! The authenticity of unedited, spontaneous conversation appeals to me and I hope to you too. If you haven’t watched one yet, I encourage you to give it a try.

If you like these videos, please Share and Like them on Facebook. First, because it helps the information get to more parents. Second, Facebook is a tricky animal and will only put things in my readers’ newsfeeds if they have Shares (most importantly) and Likes.

I’m sending out a friends-letter this weekend. If you would like to be in my inner circle of readers, sign up! I send it every few weeks and it only takes a minute or so to read. I share links to recent posts (in case you’ve missed them) and other thoughts that aren’t on my blog.


Have a fantastic weekend, my friends. If you are in a hard place, know that when I record videos, I truly think of you – I picture you in my mind as I talk. We may not be sitting at my table together, but I imagine we are.

Much love – with courage and hope for the journey,


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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. vivienne
    February 24, 2018

    i am so glad you made videos! it really felt like i was sitting at the table with you having my coffee! somehow, watching you makes you seem real. thank you, brave one for going before and stopping to help those of us walking in your footsteps. you have a very sweet spirit.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 24, 2018

      That’s exactly how I hope people will feel! Thanks for letting me know, and thanks for your encouraging words, vivienne.


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