Creating Positive Connections
Welcome to Connection Cards®. Whether you're a parent, grandparent, carer or educator, our unique print-at-home cards and resources provide a simple and fun way for you to connect with the children in your life. Bringing together the well-researched benefits of both connection and appreciation, our resources are ideal for 3-8 year olds. They help you finish each day on a positive note, acknowledge children’s successes and enhance children’s self-esteem and confidence.
The Top 5 Reasons Connection Cards® will make a difference:
- Research shows that connection with others is crucial for mental health. Children who have strong connections are happier, more resilient and do better in their lives.
- Studies have found that gratitude and appreciation are key elements of happiness and well being.
- Taking the time to connect with children sends a clear message that they are important to you. It also helps smooth out the relationship bumps that occur through life’s everyday distractions and challenges.
- A positive sense of self increases children’s confidence, motivation and empathy for others.
- Building connections with children when they are young helps us to stay connected as they move into their teenage years and beyond.
Compliments for the Classroom
This tailored set of cards provides a fun and simple way for you to quickly acknowledge your students' efforts and contribution both in and outside the classroom.
Help your children become aware of the good things in their lives with our engaging Gratitude Diary.
Encourage your children and recognise their successes using our set of compliment cards.
Connect! Cards and Resources
Purchase all our resources, including our Compliment Cards and Gratitude Diary, in one book and start building closer relationships with your children 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 Connection Cards® 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 connection cards, particularly when we are experiencing challenging parenting times, or just wish to convey our pure, unconditional love for our children and family.
I see connection cards 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 Connect 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.