Dealing with difficult behavior in a way that prioritizes connection

Being a parent is a hard job! It’s exhausting and emotional and rewarding all at the same time. It can be even harder with kids who have especially difficult behaviors. So how do we correct those behaviors while targeting their hearts and prioritizing connection?

Parenting That Corrects and Connects

Parenting That Corrects and Connects is designed to help parents understand the unique backgrounds and needs of kids who come from hard places, and equip you with tools to effectively meet those needs, build trust, and help your children heal and grow.

The training is taught from a gospel-centered perspective and reinforces the fact that we are all made in the image of a loving, relational, redeeming God who has created us to connect in relationship—both with him and with others. 

The training is a 2-day intensive, taught by trained adoptive parents in an interactive environment, and is based on principles and tools from the Empowered to Connect Parent Training, which is based on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU.

During the training, you will gain greater understanding about:

  • The impact of your child’s history
  • What you bring to the parent-child relationship
  • How to see connection and discipline through a biblical, gospel-centered lens
  • Strategies for how to connect while correcting
  • Tools for dealing with difficult behavior in a way that prioritizes connection

Keep reading for details and registration.

God, in his mercy and redemption, wants to use loving foster and adoptive parents who will patiently and graciously walk with hurting children and point them to the kindness and love of God in Jesus, to be a means of healing, mission, and ultimately salvation.

Dates, Location, & Cost

Dates & Location

The dates are Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th.
The training is being hosted at First Baptist Church, Waxahachie, in Epton Hall. (Park on McMillan St. and walk directly across the street into the doors of Epton Hall.)


The cost is $45 for an individual or $75 for a couple (We highly encourage couples to participate in the training together!). What’s included in your cost:

  • Training and all materials for the weekend
  • A binder of training materials and resources that you will keep
  • Snacks and drinks on Friday and snacks, drinks, and lunch on Saturday (Please make your own arrangements for dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.)
  • Some fun free stuff!

Times & Schedule

We will begin at 5:30pm on Friday and wrap up at 8:30pm. Saturday will run from 8:30am to 2pm. The basic schedule will look like this:

5:30 > Check-in & introductions
6:00 > Begin training
8:30 > Wrap up for the evening

8:30 > Kick off the morning
9:00 > Begin training
12:00 > Lunch
12:45 > Resume training
2:00 > Dismiss

The training will be an interactive experience with a mix of teaching, videos, exercises, discussion around tables, discussion with your spouse, and more. Come in comfortable clothes and prepared to engage and interact.

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Will there be childcare?

Great question. Because of the length and nature of the training, we recommend you find your own childcare. However, if you do need childcare, it is available for an extra cost. If you need childcare, please email us for details.

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Register for Parenting That Corrects and Connects

Parenting That Corrects and Connects

Dates: Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5
Location: Hosted at First Baptist Church, Waxahachie
Times: Friday: 5:30-8:30pm; Saturday: 8:30am-2pm
Cost: $45 per person or $75 per couple
Childcare is available at an additional cost. Please contact us for details.