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Archive for “Insights & Gifts”

Explore Your Expectations

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis talks about the importance of parents exploring their expectations and motivations, as well as the impact that their own history can have when parenting children from hard places. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.

For more resources to help as parents explore their motivations, expectations and histories, click here.

Simplify Your Life

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis talks about the need for adoptive and foster parents to simplify their lives in dramatic ways in order to help their children adjust, build trust and develop a strong connection. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.

Provide Familiarity and Continuity

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis encourages adoptive and foster parents to provide familiarity and continuity for their new child, including familiar foods and smells, elements of their native language and culture, and, where appropriate, contact with familiar people. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.

Be Fully Present

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis talks about the importance of proximity, healty touch and gentle eye contact for children from hard places. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.

Expect Long-Term Challenges

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis talks honestly about the need for adoptive and foster parents to expect trauma responses from their child. While long-term challenges, of various kinds, should be expected, Dr. Purvis reminds parents that there are many answers that offer hope and healing. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.

Embrace the Complex Needs of Your Child

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis encourages parents to remain mindful of the complex needs of children from hard places. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.

Create a Balance of Nurture & Structure

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis explains why children from hard places need a balance of both nurture and structure in order to feel safe, develop trust and heal. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.

Read Chapter 6 from Created To Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child for more about why balancing nurture and structure is important for children from hard places.

Give Your Child Voice

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis explains the importance of giving voice to children from hard places and how parents can do that. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.

For more resources about the importance of giving voice to children from hard places as well as practical strategies that parents can use, click here.

Give Your Child Nurture

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis talks about why children from hard places need high levels of nurture, and how parents can best provide it. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.

For some great stories about providing nurture to our children to help them connect, heal and grow, click here.

Give Your Child Shared Power

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis explains the importance of sharing appropriate levels of power with children from hard places in order to help them learn to trust and to heal. This video is part of the Insights and Gifts video series, which includes a small group discussion guide that you can download here.