Tapestry's Empowered to Connect Podcast

Tapestry's Empowered to Connect Podcast

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Tapestry’s Empowered to Connect podcast is for parents, professionals, and ministry leaders. Join us as we discuss how to connect with, empower, and correct our kids.
Hurricane Harvey and Kids from Trauma - S4E1
Sep 1 • 43 min
We are back from family vacations and the start of the school year with a special episode. Directed at parents of kids from hard places in the Houston area, devastated by Hurricane Harvey, Chris is joined by Ryan and Kayla, and special guest Toni Steere.…
Give Me An Example: Round 3 - S3E23
Jul 25 • 30 min
Chris invites Ryan and Kayla to participate in another game of sharing examples of various TBRI parenting tools. They discuss: Total Voice Control Time-In instead of Time Out Think Before You Consequence Respond to Fear with Connection Who will take this…
Community: It’s Important - S3E22
Jul 18 • 26 min
Parenting is hard enough, but add traumatized children, and the difficulties can increase exponentially. Chris, Ryan, and Kayla discuss these hardships, and why it’s so important to build a community around your family that understands trust-based…
Siblings - S3E21
Jul 12 • 32 min
Sibling relationships can always be tenuous, and even more so when it comes to kids from hard places. Chris, Ryan, and Kayla talk about strategies for dealing with these rivalries and the struggles of sibling interaction. Tapestry: Web | Facebook |…
Help! My Kid is Sneaking Things! - S3E20
Jun 29 • 23 min
Chris, Ryan, and Kayla respond to an email about children who engage in sneaking behaviors. Listen as they discuss if it’s developmentally appropriate or trauma related, and why you need to become the world’s leading expert in your children. Yes Jar:…
Bedtime Struggles - S3E19
Jun 20 • 34 min
Chris, Ryan, and Kayla tackle an issue in this episode that most of us deal with; bedtime struggles. They discuss the value of routines (structure) and rituals (nurture) at bedtime and why the cause of the issue may or may not be what you think. Tapestry:…
Will Parenting This Way Prepare my Child for the Real World? - S3E18 (Repost)
Jun 12 • 32 min
Chris, Ryan, and Kayla talk about the fear that connected parenting doesn’t prepare our kids for the real world, and why the reasons behind this fear are unfounded. Cast Away on IMDB Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web |…
Teenagers - S3E17
May 31 • 35 min
Chris, Ryan, and Kayla spend some time discussing teenagers. The teen years are difficult for most as identity and power struggles are magnified. TBRI for Teens video Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook |…
Lying - S3E16
May 25 • 24 min
Chris, Ryan, and Kayla discuss a question they get from many parents. And that question is, “why do my children lie and what can I do about it”? The answer requires a lot of grace and may not be what most people think it is. Tapestry: Web | Facebook |…
How Does Connected Parenting Work in a Big Family? - S3E15
May 16 • 29 min
Chris, Ryan, and Kayla are joined once again by Maggie Popp and they discuss how to implement TBRI concepts and strategies in large families. The three families have 15 kids between them. Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect:…
Why Traditional Parenting Doesn’t Work for Our Kids - S3E14
May 10 • 29 min
Chris, Kayla and Ryan are joined by Maggie Popp to discuss why traditional parenting doesn’t work for foster and adopted kids. They discuss, amongst other things, why time-outs and yelling don’t work. Maggie is an Empowered to Connect parent trainer with…
Creating an Environment of Felt Safety with Predictability - S3E13
May 1 • 24 min
Chris, Kayla, and Ryan discuss how we can create an environment of felt safety in our homes with predictability. A lack of consistency and can be processed as chaos by our children and they need predictability to feel safe. Tapestry: Web | Facebook |…
Practice Outside of the Moment - S3E12
Apr 12 • 28 min
Chris, Kayla, and Ryan discuss how practicing outside of the moment helps us respond appropriately in the moment. They also discuss how parents need to have developmentally appropriate expectations while helping their kids grow and heal. Navigating the…
Empowered to Connect Conference Preview - S3E11
Mar 31 • 24 min
Chris, Kayla, and Ryan preview the upcoming Empowered to Connect Conference in Franklin, TN April 7-8. They discuss what you can expect, why you should attend (in person or at one of the 450 simulcast sites), and why it’s good for you to attend even if…
Empowering Principles: Creating an Environment of Felt Safety - S3E10
Mar 23 • 24 min
The team discusses why empowering our kids is a crucial part of their healing process and can move them from fear-based responses to trust-based responses. A key component is creating an environment of felt safety in our homes. They offer practical…
Give me an Example (Repost) - S3E9
Mar 16 • 34 min
Chris Turner plays a round of “Give me an Example” with Ryan and Kayla North. Our team has some fun sharing examples of what a “yes” sandwich is amongst other things. Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter…
Give Me An Example: Parenting Tools Edition - S3E8
Mar 8 • 31 min
Chris invites Ryan and Kayla for another “lightning round” of Give Me an Example, this time focusing on the Parenting Tools taught in the Empowered to Connect class. They discuss: Focus on Nonverbal Communication Encourage Feelings Get Your Child Moving…
You Asked, We Answered - S3E7
Mar 1 • 30 min
Chris, Kayla, and Ryan answer some listener questions about struggles at nap time, whether their child’s behavior is trauma-related or a developmental delay, and resources for play with our kids. Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter Empowered to Connect:…
Will Parenting This Way Prepare my Child for the Real World? - S3E6
Feb 22 • 32 min
Chris, Ryan, and Kayla talk about the fear that connected parenting doesn’t prepare our kids for the real world, and why the reasons behind this fear are unfounded. Cast Away on IMDB Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook…
Things People Say: I Couldn’t be a Foster Parent…
Feb 16 • 32 min
Ryan and Kayla North are joined by Chris Fonte as they discuss one of the most commonly heard concerns about being a foster parent; “It would be too hard to let anyone go.” They share from their experiences how they have dealt with and processed the…
Past Failures Can’t Keep Us From Future Successes - S3E4
Feb 8 • 22 min
We have all failed as parents and wondered if our mistakes have impacted our kids negatively, but we cannot allow our past failures to keep us from being the parents our kids need us to be. The team discusses how parenting can be a source of shame and…
Parenting with Fear and Regret - S3E3
Feb 1 • 22 min
Chris is joined by Ryan and Kayla North to discuss how so many of us parent from a place of fear. We all have regrets because we now know that we could have done better, but we can’t let our regrets prevent us from doing better. We have to learn from our…
The Frequency and Intensity of Behavior Dictates the Frequency and Intensity of Response - S3E2
Jan 25 • 33 min
The team discusses how the frequency and intensity of your child’s behavior must determine the frequency and intensity of your response. Our kids need consistent, safe adults who will stay by their side when they need us the most. Tapestry Web | Facebook…
Hope and Encouragement for Parents - S3E1
Jan 16 • 17 min
2016 was a difficult year for race relations in the United States. As we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, we wanted to share an interview we hope leads to better understanding for parents raising children of a different race. Dr. King…
Childrens’ Books That Teach TBRI-based Lessons to Both Kids AND Parents - S2E23
Jan 10 • 14 min
During Tapestry Conference 2016, Cindy Lee and Kayla North joined Chris behind the mics to talk about Cindy’s TBRI-based children books. Cindy shares the story of the books’ creation, and the trio talk about the different ways the lessons within have…
Navigating the Holidays - S2E22
Dec 12, 2016 • 38 min
Ryan and Kayla North join Chris Turner and they discuss why the holiday season is so difficult for many of our kids. They share personal insights from their experiences, as well as ways that they have learned to help their children, and themselves,…
Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn - S2E21
Nov 29, 2016 • 12 min
Chris talks with Jason Weber, National Director of CAFO’s (Christian Alliance For Orphans) Foster Care Initiative, about Jason’s new book, Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn. Based on a true story, it’s a children’s book with lots of parallels to foster…
Trauma Is Developmental, and Our Responses to Trauma Need to Be Developmental - S2E20
Nov 14, 2016 • 16 min
During Tapestry Conference 2016, Chris was able to chat with Kayla North and Mandy Howard on how trauma is developmental. An Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University, Dr. Howard talked about how as a child develops and ages, how they…
How the Church Can Work with the State to Help Kids in Care - S2E19
Nov 1, 2016 • 28 min
During Tapestry Conference 2016, Chris sat down with Bruce Kendrick, founder of Embrace Texas, to discuss Embrace’s role in partnering with local churches to meet the needs of foster children. They discuss our nation’s collective mindset about adoption…
2016 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference - S2E18
Oct 14, 2016 • 15 min
Chris Turner discusses the 2016 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference with Ryan and Kayla North. The 2016 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference will be held October 21-22 at Irving Bible Church. Last year we went Back to Basics, so this year we…
Parenting Confessions - S2E17
Oct 3, 2016 • 23 min
Chris Turner is joined by Ryan and Kayla North as well as a very special guest, his wife Kelly. The four of them discuss some of the old parenting ways that they are trying to leave behind and how they repair their mistakes with their kids when they fail.…
Back to School: Teachers are Important - S2E16
Sep 6, 2016 • 33 min
Teachers are a big part of our kids’ lives. It is important that we interact with them in appropriate ways while treating them well too. Listen as Chris discusses what’s appropriate and how to advocate for your child with their teacher as well as the…
Back to School: Getting Ready for Success - S2E15
Aug 4, 2016 • 22 min
It’s August and it’s time to start thinking about getting back to school. Chris Turner discusses why getting into the school routine (practicing outside of the moment) and proper nutrition and sleep are necessary for a successful start to the school year…
Give me an Example - S2E14
Jul 21, 2016 • 34 min
Chris Turner plays a round of “Give me an Example” with Ryan and Kayla North. Our team has some fun sharing examples of what a “yes” sandwich is amongst other things.
Compassion - S2E13
Jul 13, 2016 • 31 min
Chris Turner discusses compassion, what it is, and why it’s a vital component of our parenting with Ryan and Kayla North. They discuss how sympathy and empathy are both necessary in order to have longevity to our compassion amongst other things.
Helping Children’s Ministry Become Trauma-Informed - S2E12
Jun 23, 2016 • 17 min
Chris and Ryan discuss the need for Children’s Ministry to become more trauma-informed and how to approach them. If you would like more information about the training mentioned in the episode, please email us at tapestry@irvingbible.org. This episode…
Compromises, Redos, and Choices - S2E11
May 25, 2016 • 29 min
Chris Turner is joined by Ryan and Kayla North as they discuss some additional proactive parenting tools. They cover compromises, redos, and choices, what they are and are not, and how to use them effectively with our children.
Moving From Reactive to Proactive Parenting - S2E10
May 17, 2016 • 21 min
Chris Turner is once again joined by Ryan and Kayla North as they discuss how traditional parenting is reactive and why we need to become proactive in our parenting.
Fear Responses: Fight, Flight, Freeze - S2E9
Apr 29, 2016 • 22 min
Chris Turner has Ryan and Kayla North join him as they discuss fear responses, felt safety, and meeting our kids’ needs and addressing their fears as proactive ways to address unwanted behaviors.
The Life and Legacy of Dr. Karyn Purvis - S2E8
Apr 21, 2016
Chris Turner and Ryan North discuss the life and legacy of Dr. Karyn Purvis. As we record this episode on Friday, April 15th, we do so with sadness and joy. Sadness, because earlier this week, child development and advocacy lost a champion, as Dr. Karyn…
Why Dads Should Embrace Trust-Based Parenting - S2E7
Mar 23, 2016 • 20 min
Chris Turner and Ryan North discuss why dads are often slower to embrace trust-based and why they need to.
Why “Rest” is so Important - S2E6
Mar 15, 2016 • 19 min
Our guest this week is Kayla North. Kayla and Chris Turner discuss why rest (both spiritual and physical) is so important for us as individuals and families.
The Impact of Hard Places on the Body, Biology, Beliefs, and Behavior - S2E5
Mar 8, 2016 • 31 min
Chris Turner and Ryan North continue discussing the impact that being from a hard place has on our kids. This episode includes how the hard places impact our kids’ body, biology, beliefs, and behavior.
The Impact of Hard Places on the Brain - S2E4
Mar 1, 2016 • 20 min
Chris Turner and Ryan North recap what makes a hard place and how the impact those hard places have on our kids’ brains.
Risk Factors that Make a Hard Place - S2E3
Feb 23, 2016 • 22 min
Chris Turner and Ryan North discuss the six risk factors that make a hard place and how they impact our children.
Keeping Your Balance as a Parent - S2E2
Feb 16, 2016 • 19 min
Chris Turner and Ryan North discuss why it is important to be in balance as a parent.
The Importance of Connection - S2E1
Feb 9, 2016 • 22 min
Chris Turner talks with Ryan North, Tapestry’s Executive Director, on the importance of connection, and how to build it with our kids. Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families
Adoption and Foster Care in the Church
May 4, 2015 • 22 min
Ryan North sits down with Irving Bible Church Executive Pastor Bryan Eck and discusses a little of Tapestry’s history and why it is important that the church embrace and support Adoption and Foster Care.