Say Cheese!

We all know what it feels like to post something on social media and watch the “likes” spill in. It’s a great feeling, right? We have a need to connect and to be accepted by our family and our peers. We post a cute picture of our adorable kid and then we wait for...

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Flexibility

I was listening to a podcast recently where they were interviewing the author of a book called Pivot. The book is about career changes, but the analogy the author gave for career opportunities applied so well to parenting. She used the idea of a pivot in basketball,...

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Mindful Parenting: Accepting “No”

by Jessica Kilpatrick, MA, LPC- STARRY Director of Training and Program Development Acceptance is a struggle for many of us. We want to examine, complain, look for resources, try to find a quick fix, complain some more, lay awake worrying, find someone else to blame...

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Dr. Karyn Purvis

Yesterday we lost our beloved mentor and friend, Dr. Karyn Purvis. Although none of us knew her personally, Karyn made it a point to make everyone she met feel completely connected with her. She “saw our preciousness” and she believed in our ability to do great things...

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Attachment at a Glance

by Jessica Kilpatrick, MA, LPC – Program Support Specialist Kids tend to get hurt quite a lot. They fall down, they bump their head, they pinch their finger in a door; such is life for small children.  One way that I have been able to get a glimpse into other parent’s...

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The Magic Touch

A few nights ago, my husband and I took our daughter to P. Terry’s to eat and to play in the sandbox. My daughter loves playing in sand, but this time her behavior was very different than normal. She was acting like a dog trying to itch its back. She had her head, her...

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Praise for Doing & Praise for Being

by Jessica Kilpatrick, MA, LPC, Program Support Specialist Over the last month I have been teaching a parenting class called Nurturing Parenting.  One of my favorite lessons from this class is the idea of praise for doing versus praise for being. Let’s start with...

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Infant Massage

By Kayleigh Cunningham- Director of Foster Care Infant massage has many benefits for relaxation and bonding between you and the baby or toddler in your home. Included in those benefits are better sleep, immune system, reduced crying and research is even showing a link...

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