10 Strategies for Increasing Family Connection

By R. Renee Cameron-Hernandez, MA, LPC, LMFT, NCC We know that a feeling of connection to your family is really important but sometimes we lose sight of that importance when other tasks and responsibilities are draining our energy and mental resources. Below, you will...

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The “No Drama Discipline” Approach to Parenting

By R. Renee Cameron, MA, LPC, LMFT, NCC If you run a quick Google search on parenting strategies, you will no doubt end up with a million articles giving you tips and ideas on how to be a good parent. Many of those strategies are grandiose and/or completely...

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TBRI Tips for the Holidays

Here are a few helpful reminders to help you and your family enjoy this holiday season: • Setting the bar – Don’t do too much!! Remember that the holidays are full of love and stress, fun and exhaustion, hope and sensory overload. Be mindful of the activities you have...

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Felt Safety

By Amber Chesser, MS, LPC, NCC I recently watched Annie Murphy Paul’s Ted Talk titled “What We Learn Before We’re Born.” Ms. Paul presents research stating that babies in the womb gather information which she calls biological postcards. These biological postcards are...

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Parenting with Nonverbal Communication

By Amber Chesser, MS, LPC, NCC – STARRY Family Engagement Specialist It was 5:30 pm on a weeknight and my family was having a busy evening. I was rushing to finish dinner and quickly get it on the table. All of the sudden I hear from the bathroom someone...

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The Power of Saying YES

Often, my mother and I laugh about the fact that my first word at a young at was “no.” My mom jokes about the irony in my first word and my strong personality in being innovative and doing things my own way, or thinking outside of the box. While we can both agree to...

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Empowered to Connect

Join us on April 13 and 14 for Empowered to Connect, a fantastic TBRI training for foster parents and families! You can RSVP...

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Listen and Obey

By Amber Chesser, MS, LPC, NCC – STARRY’s Foster Care, Northstar  Program My 4-year-old daughters have been struggling with listening and obeying and I have been struggling with frustration. It often happens when they are deep in imaginative play with no...

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