Felt Safety

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...
Parenting with Nonverbal Communication

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...
The Power of Saying YES

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...

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...
Listen and Obey

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...