Connected parenting vs. traditional, old-school parenting

Parenting styles matter.  Some kids need a different way.  If your child has experienced trauma.  This could be medical trauma, physical trauma, emotional trauma and you just can’t seem to understand his or her responses, you may need another way to parent.  This is an excellent article to help parents think about why they do,

Behaviors can be Driven by Fear – Parenting with Connection

Is fear driving your child’s behavior? So often the answer is yes. What to learn from the best, explore the site below “The concept of dysregulation is important because it explains why misbehavior requires a connected response, not a punishment. More often than not, dysregulation is driven by fear. Punishment creates more fear, which only

Decrease the behavior & increase the learning by supporting the true needs of the child

Medically complicated kids are sometimes like puzzles. Each puzzle piece is important in understanding the child’s strengths and weaknesses.  When parents lack information. When they are looking for a quick fix or do not fully support the medical team, pieces of the puzzle are missed and the child’s development and skill attainment lags. The best

Kids need to Move. Kids need to Play. Kids need to Go Outside.

It is time for school to start and once again, kids are going to be struggling to focus.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 60 minutes of physical activity per day.  Sixty minutes, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks. As an alternative, you can count your daily activity steps using

Toilet Training and Spina Bifida

Toilet Training, Bowel Programs and UTI’s are one of the most common topics at any Spina Bifida gathering.  Sit in the back of a Spina Bifida Teen Conference, next to the wheelchairs, and one will quickly figure out why.  The nerves that control the bowel and bladder exit the spinal cord at S2-S4.  Therefore, paralysis

The stages of special needs parenting.

I find it interesting that people associate the stages of special needs parenting with the same steps of those who are grieving a loss. Yes, I can see how there is a similarity.  But, I also see big differences. In death there is finality.  When parenting a special needs child, there is movement, change and then