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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

May I Have a Compromise

posted on July 30, 2013

Ryan and Kayla North have recently joined the Tapestry Leadership team. They have been a part of Tapestry and IBC for many years, and we are grateful for their willingness to serve. You can read more about the Norths here…… Read More

Sharing Power With Your Child

posted on July 29, 2013

In this brief video, Dr. Karyn Purvis explains the benefits of parents sharing appropriate amounts of power with their children through choice giving, compromises and other means. By sharing power appropriately with their children, parents can teach them to communicate…… Read More

The Time-in: A Confession (and a Plan)

posted on July 16, 2013

I love this post from Colleen Dersken’s blog, Growing Pains, because she accommodated the time-in strategy to meet the needs of her family and she didn’t give up. Read on to see how she accomplished this: I have a confession…… Read More

Using Time-In Instead of Time-Out

posted on July 15, 2013

Check out this video from Empowered to Connect, where Dr. Karyn Purvis talks about the use of ‘time-in’ instead of ‘time-out’ to effectively correct and train our children.  As she explains, this important strategy promotes healthy development and secure connection, while at…… Read More

The IDEAL Response for Parents

posted on June 24, 2013

  Dr. Karyn Purvis explains the I.D.E.A.L. response for parents when dealing with their children in various situations, especially those involving poor choices or misbehavior by the child.   IDEAL stands for: I – Immediate D – Direct E –…… Read More

Fear, An Unwelcome Companion

posted on May 20, 2013

Last week Colleen Derksen talked about her experience dealing with fear in her post: Fear is poison. What is the antidote?   Empowered to Connect offers us additional resources on the topic of fear: Learning to Trust and Let go…… Read More

Adoption Nutrition and Special Needs

posted on May 6, 2013

A couple of year ago, Tapestry wrote a post about entitled Focusing of Food and Nutrition. Just recently Adoption Nutrition announced that they now have a specials needs section on their website. The specials needs section covers cerebral palsy,…… Read More

Compassion Is the Answer. What’s the Question?

posted on April 10, 2013

I’ve been talking with a lot of moms lately and many of them are struggling with their kids.  I get it.  There are days I struggle too.  The issues we face vary from the small, frustrating and everyday, to the big,…… Read More

When Sad Looks Mad

posted on April 2, 2013

I reposted the description and video, When Sad Looks Mad, below from the Empowered to Connect website. At my home we have been fielding our fair share of angry words, and when we work through what’s behind those words, I…… Read More