When it's more than playing dress-up

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When it's more than playing dress-up

My son has always been attracted to dress up, fabulous, girl clothes. It's always been a part of his expression. My husband doesn't specifically like it when he dresses in girl's clothes, and we have a "no dress up outside the home" rule. It wasn't one day when he said, "Oh, I want to dress up like a girl outside the house." He's always done it. The thing that has changed recently, now that he's six, he's specifically said, "I want to let my hair grow long. I don't want to have to wear silks and scarfs to look like a girl anymore. I would like to let my hair grow long, mama, so that when I'm out of the house, people will think I'm a girl." Maybe it's now that he's wanting to be identified more specifically as a girl and he doesn't wear dresses outside of the house, if he has the hair, that people will read him as a girl.

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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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