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Why safety is crucial for families formed through adoptionand how it applies to ALL of us

In recognition of adoption/foster awareness month we’ve asked Anna Braasch, our Executive Director and adoptive momma to two, to share practical ways to have safe, connected relationships...

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“Mommy, I’m gonna KILL you!”How one connected parenting moment can be pivotal in your family journey

After decades working with parents one of our favorite things continues to be hearing from parents transformed by the Connected Families Framework. We love to...

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How I Helped My Baby Sleep Without a Sleep Method

Did you find this blog because you Googled, “How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?” Well then, my friend, soak in...

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An Open Letter to the Cincinnati Zoo Mom

Dear Cincinnati mom, You. Your son. An encounter with a gorilla at the zoo. These things have made you an unsuspecting internet sensation. We don’t...

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The Biggest Parenting Responsibility You Have

  The biggest parenting responsibility you have isn’t what you might expect. It isn’t to make sure your kids turn out a certain way. It...

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Danger, Obedience, and Teaching Kids Traffic Safety

“What does Connected Families teach about obedience?” Hannah, who was exasperated with her defiant preschooler’s flighty behavior in a parking lot, explained the context for...

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How Do Your Kids Feel When You Discipline Them?

  As a typically impatient, “get it done” sort of dad, I found myself in our early parenting years using my big voice and strong...

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Are You Punishing Your Child for Following Your Example?

We’ve all done it. Our kids misbehave. Then, we get angry. We raise our voice a bit to get our kids’ attention. We furrow our...

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How I Got My Kids to Obey Immediately… and Why I Stopped

I remember like yesterday walking in the door after work to what I believed were out-of-control children in my wife’s care. She’d lean into me...

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Why We Think “Showing Kids What’s What” Doesn’t Actually Work

Rick was feeling impatient with the way his wife was dealing with their children’s misbehavior. He shared his thoughts with me during a recent conversation:...

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