More laughter, more fun, more cuddles, more time
Welcome to Cards to Connect®. If you want closer relationships with the children in your life, this is the place for you.
Our unique cards were born from my wish to have more positive time with my children. I wanted more laughter, fun, cuddles and conversation. I wanted more thank yous and more "I love yous".
I was tired of nagging and hassling. I didn't want to feel so uptight and guilty. Too many of our conversations were around eating nicely, getting ready on time, tidying up, putting things away, hurrying up. I felt like a sergeant major running a boot camp and it was never ending. Every night before I went to bed, I’d promise myself that tomorrow would be different; that I’d spend more time enjoying my wonderful children and less time hassling them.
My research into gratitude gave me a new approach. Each night, before the kids went to bed, I told them three things I'd appreciated in them that day (and because I was often tired by then, I wrote my thoughts down on cards so I would remember what to say!)
It was a simple addition to our routine and I’ve been amazed by the difference it's made. The kids go to bed feeling good. I go to bed feeling good. The kids have more confidence. We've all had more laughter, fun, cuddles and conversation. We've had more thank yous and more "I love yous".
Over time, our cards have developed and I'm so pleased to have the opportunity to share them with you.
Enjoy your parenting journey!
Connect Cards are not just a fun tool to help parents focus on gratitude, appreciation, and effort. They also give parents an opportunity to pause and reflect on what they love and appreciate about their children, recognizing and encouraging who they are and who they are becoming. A great way to support parents as they foster a connected, positive relationship with their children!
Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, LCSW, Co-author of The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline, and The Yes Brain, www.TinaBryson.com
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Simply purchase, download and print your set of cards. Choose the cards that best suit your child and connect with them today!
I am a hands on parent with a strong interest in the links between gratitude, connection and emotional intelligence. I recently combined my skills and interests to create the Cards to Connect® website providing resources that aim to help parents, carers and educators to connect with and enjoy the children in their lives. My intention is to share what has worked for us in the hope that it will help others too.READ MORE
Testimonials from clients
As a mother of two and previous Supervisor of the Parenting WA Help Line, Perth, I fully appreciate the importance of Connection and Attachment to our children. The way we communicate with our children has a profound impact on how they develop. Our ability to have sensitive, reciprocal communication nurtures a child’s sense of security and contributes to the development of emotional intelligence, a far better predictor of success than IQ! I love the concept of Cards to Connect, particularly when we are experiencing challenging parenting times, or just wish to convey our pure, unconditional love for our children and family.
I see cards to connect as a way to keep precious communication going with one’s children. The cards are concrete and clear and provide a positive line of communication when we sometimes can feel too tired to make an effort. Remembering all my lost opportunities when the teenage years suddenly took over, I have given these cards to my niece, who has recently given birth to her second daughter, instead of a babygro or a toy, with the hope that they will be a gift that will never be outgrown or tossed aside.
I like these cards because Mum tells me how she feels and how I’ve done good in my day. And it’s good looking for the good things I do and not always looking for the mistakes I make.
We love using our Celebration Cards. For me, looking through and choosing cards reminds me of the positive and happy times in our day and my kids are excited to hear what I’ve noticed. We use them at the dinner table and it’s fantastic to see the kids listening to and appreciating each other’s cards. We all want to take the time to share these special moments with our kids, but we so often forget. I find that having something visible prompts me to tell my kids in really specific ways, just how fabulous I think they are.