With all the blogs out there on innovating parenting ideas, why did I come up with this blog? The answer is simple. I made some real mistakes raising my two girls when I was a single dad serving in the United States Air Force during wartime. I knew neither how to parent nor how to respond to my children acting out their fears and anxiety. So later in my life – I should say much later in my life, with my girls grown and living their lives as productive, healthy adults – I decided to find out what happened during my very difficult parenting experience.
I earned my graduate degree which provided me with the knowledge to be a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. But with all that education, I still was lacking in how to take this knowledge and help parents work with children who experienced trauma in their lives. There was one very important piece of the puzzle that was still missing. I found it through the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development. More specifically, I was captivated by the joint work of Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross, authors of The Connected Child. I was so captivated by the outcome of their many years of work on Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) that with training in its methodologies I eventually became a TBRI Practitioner.
As an independent contractor, I am now using TBRI principles not only to help parents of children that have experienced trauma, but with parolees from our state penal system. People, IT WORKS! This is why I decided to start this blog – to provide you with tips and more importantly, with the real hope that our families can discover, perhaps for the first time, there is a way to help our children with their behavioral issues and to better understand as adults our own issues and how they came to be. So let’s get started!