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8 Keys to an Effective Time-In With Your Child

posted on July 27, 2014

Time-in (as opposed to time-out) is an important strategy to help parents learn to “connect while correcting” with their children.  (For helpful background on the time-in strategy, watch Using Time-In Instead of Time-Out featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis.) When using the time-in strategy…… 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

More Than Just Words

posted on July 17, 2013

“…let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 Over the years I’ve had a similar recurring conversation with each of my four children.  It goes something like this.  “Does Daddy love…… Read More

Healing the Wounds of Relational Trauma

posted on March 8, 2013

I remember the first time I heard it said. It came out of nowhere during a conversation with an adult adoptee, and I recoiled as the words made their way to my heart. “There is no adoption without loss,” she…… Read More

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Expecting So Much More

posted on February 21, 2013

“Who are you?”  I remember thinking this unthinkable thought as I looked into the face of my young son only a few years into our life together as an adoptive family.  He did not share my DNA but he was…… Read More

Before You Share, Make Sure It’s Yours to Share

posted on February 12, 2013

Imagine a good friend — someone you care deeply about — came to you and shared with you some hard truths about her history. Things that caused her deep pain and grief. Things she was far too embarrassed to talk…… Read More

Easier Said Than Done

posted on January 18, 2013

People who make things look easy really get on my nerves.  You know who I’m talking about.  Ever watched one of those cooking shows on TV?  You see them making some recipe in 10 easy steps and it always comes…… Read More

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Finding Help & Hope for the Journey

posted on January 13, 2013

It began simply enough.  We had welcomed our son home less than a year earlier, and we were on our way home from a small gathering of adoptive families at a local church.  That evening was spent listening to a…… Read More

A Brief History of Tapestry

posted on October 11, 2012

We are often asked questions about how Tapestry began. Here is a short video that gives you just a bit of the history — The video was created as part of a church-wide focus called Journey On — a celebration…… Read More

Ten Questions Adoptive Parents Often Ask

posted on September 19, 2012

Empowered To Connect is offering a new video series entitled Ten Questions Adoptive Parents Often Ask. ETC will be releasing a new video each Wednesday on the Empowered To Connect website. Here are the three videos in this series released…… Read More

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