Parenting and recovery from addiction

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Being in recovery informs my parenting on a level of connection and disconnection. Growing up disconnected. I did come from a nuclear supportive family, but we were emotionally disconnected. Emotional disconnection lead me to finding connection with my peers, connecting with the media. I didn't have a sense of a true moral compass or of family values. I looked for it in my friends, I looked for it wherever I could find it. I understand that, as a parent, my most important job is to maintain that connection with my children. They are aware of where I am, who I am, and what our family values are; what's important to us as a family. Not just what is important to me, as an adult and as a parent, but how we as a family navigate. It's a family value. It's not something that I impose upon them, but I live it with them. It informs my parenting by striving to maintain a connection with my children, so that they love, trust, and understand where I am coming from. They can have an idea of how to navigate their own situations, find themselves in safe places, as opposed to disconnected, and looking for connection outside of the family.
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Connor Barnas is blessed and busy, living life with her husband Ethan and two children, Magdalena June, eight, and Augustus Wolfe, six in the midst of finding the sacred in the mundane and allowing space for serenity. After being given the gift of desperation, Connor began her life of recovery and discovery within the 12 Step paradigms in 1995. In 2002 she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and married the love of her life, Ethan; moved to a beautiful, dusty, desert town; and began her journey as a wife and mother.  

In 2003, Connor co-founded an Attachment Parenting group, and became a leader shortly after.  Connor has been involved in the Attachment Parenting community as a leader and a resource, and was honored as a featured volunteer during Volunteer Recognition Week, April 2011 by Attachment Parenting International. 

After relocating and settling in Jacksonville, Florida, to be close to her family of origin, Connor founded HAP East, a local homeschooling group whose focus and mission is to create community and continuity of relationship for homeschooling/attachment parenting families. 

Connor joyfully shares her experience, strength and hope with families and friends in the recovery, homeschool, and AP communities; she combines the spiritual principles of the 12 steps with the practical and compassionate parenting strategies of API to inform her path and growth as a woman, mother, wife, and active member of her world. 

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