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People Mean Well, No Really They Do

posted on March 18, 2014

I know people mean well, but good intentions are not necessarily an indicator of right actions. We’ve been asked some questions over the years that either leave us smiling or scratching our heads. These questions could be considered misguided or…… Read More

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Not Your Everyday Conversation

posted on March 13, 2014

Not Your Everyday Conversation: Talking with Your Children About the Difficult Realities of Adoption and Foster Care was presented by Michael and Amy Monroe at the 2009 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference. This presentation focuses on some of the difficult…… Read More

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The Wounds You Don’t See

posted on January 27, 2014

I recently read a study that highlighted the difference between our ability to recall images versus words. There were two control groups. The first was shown a picture of a circle. The word “circle” was written down for the second…… Read More

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Let’s Try That Again

posted on January 23, 2014

“Let’s try that again” is a phrase heard daily at our house. With six kids in our home, we are always looking for simple ways to correct our kid’s unwanted behaviors without seeming like we are always correcting them. One…… Read More


posted on December 2, 2013

The Meltdown breakout session is from the 2012 Tapestry Adoption and Foster Care Conference. In this session, Deb Jones talks about responding effectively to your child’s meltdowns while keeping yourself under control. After watching the entire break out session of…… Read More

Sticking Together When Things Fall Apart

posted on October 22, 2013

Vanessa Knight, LCPC, NCC is a breakout speaker for the 2013 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference. Her breakout is “How do we stay together when things are falling apart?” To register for her session and the conference visit Vanessa was kind enough to write…… Read More


posted on September 26, 2013

At the 2012 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference, Melanie Chung-Sherman presented on Shame. Through her session, she wants to help us to understand shame for what it is in our children’s lives and how it infiltrates their motivations and…… Read More

When Good Things Aren’t Good

posted on September 17, 2013

This summer we made a difficult parenting decision. It was the decision (made together with one of our sons) that he would not play competitive summer baseball. Now before you roll your eyes and conclude that we must not have…… Read More

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When Your Child Pushes You Away

posted on August 14, 2013

When most children get hurt or become afraid, they go to a parent.  After all, parents are the ones who protect children and keep them safe from danger.  They are the ones who comfort children when they are afraid.  For…… Read More

Giving Voice

posted on August 5, 2013

Reprinted from All children need to know that they can use their voice to effectively communicate their needs and navigate relationships. This is particularly important for adopted, foster and orphan children in order to help them develop trust and…… Read More