Preparing Those Who Are Walking Alongside You - S05 E11

July 9, 2018

Listener Jamie asks the team about resources for family members and friends to help educate them on how they can best support their family as they navigate foster care and adoption journeys. 

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Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

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Executive Producer: Ryan North

 

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How to Love Our Children When We Don’t Like Them - S05 E10

June 11, 2018

Whether we admit it or not, it's a thought adoptive and foster parents have at least once: how do I love my child when I don't like them? Chris, Kayla, and Ryan explore this in detail, starting with the need to continually remember behavior is an expression of a need. We need to do the detective work to help our kids!

Resources Mentioned in the Episode

Les Carter - When Pleasing You Is Killing Me: A Workbook

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Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

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Preparing Kids for Summer Camp - S05 E09

May 27, 2018

Listener Jeremy wants to know about prepping kids from hard places for summer camps, so Ryan, Kayla, and Chris discuss the best ways to manage this. They also discuss how those working at these camps might be able to help out in that environment.

Resources Mentioned in the Episode

Sky Ranch @ Horn Creek Adoptive & Foster Family Camp, August 5-11, 2018

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Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

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Give Me an Example: Round 4 - S5E8

May 15, 2018

It's time once again for another episode of everyone's favorite game show! Okay, alright, maybe not *everyone's* favorite game show, but it's certainly ours. Ryan and Kayla go head-to-head once again in Give Me an Example! They'll discuss repairing your mistakes, how to encourage and praise liberally, and responding to sensory processing needs. Who will win this round? It's a thrill a minute!

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Music: "Toony" by Liberty

Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy

Executive Producer: Ryan North

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Building Your Child’s TEAM - S5E7

May 6, 2018

Helping kids from hard places involves more folks than just parents. There are teachers and professionals, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and dear friends gathered around our families. If they're not gathered around, we need to bring them in to the fold, because it's important our kids have a TEAM helping them heal and reach their potential. Chris talks with Ryan and Kayla about the best way to do this.

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Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

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Expectations - S5E6

April 27, 2018

There are so many places where our unmet expectations get in the way of connection with our kids. Chris, Ryan, and Kayla are joined again by Allison Highton, and they talk about these various expectations, which begin even before our kids come home.

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Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

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What To Do When You Get Home From a Conference? - S5E5

April 17, 2018

Even if you haven't been to an adoption and foster care conference, such as Empowered to Connect or CAFO Summit, you may have attended a seminar or one-day class that had you coming out of it thinking, "Yes! I can do this! I'm going to change the way I parent my kids!" But the excitement wears off. Motivation falters. And what are we left with?

In light of the 2018 Empowered to Connect Conference happening April 13-15, and CAFO Summit coming up in May, Chris, Ryan, and Kayla tackle these issues. We all want to start with correcting behaviors, but we'll have long-term success with connection first. Connection is the foundation for everything else to click together. The team walks through how that might look for parents, offering practical examples to get started.

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Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

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Schooling Options - S5E4

April 6, 2018

Chris, Ryan, and Kayla are joined by Allison Highton. Allison, along with her husband Russ, is an Empowered to Connect parent trainer in New Jersey. Allison works with Miriam's Heart, a non-profit adoption ministry that radically supports families who take action on behalf of adoptive and foster children.

The group discusses various schooling options for our kids from hard places, from public to private to homeschooling.

Is your adopted or foster child in public school? You should know what an IEP is, and be your kid's biggest advocate. They also talk about being flexible on the home front after kids get home from school.

Back to School: Teachers are Important

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Make Play a Part of Every Day - S5E3

March 30, 2018

The team discusses how playing with our kids is a great way to connect with them. Play is fun and disarming and makes us enjoy our kids as much as it makes them enjoy us. Play is the language of children but is sadly something most of us are no longer fluent in.

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Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

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Sassy Talk - S5E2

March 13, 2018

Chris is joined once again by Kayla and Ryan North to talk about something that can be quite irritating to all parents: sassy talk. They discuss various ways to counteract it and get our kids to a place where they can talk respectfully not just to parents, but others as well.

Baby Owl Lost Her Whoo - Cindy Lee

The Frequency and Intensity of Behavior Dictates the Frequency and Intensity of Response - S3E2

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