Mother of four, this week we get to talk with Connie Burk about non-precious parenting. What it looks like, why it can be so sustaining, and why maintaining one’s sense of humor through it all is critical. Long time advocate and activist; community leader; Co-author of Trauma Stewardship, there is no shortage of directions this conversation could have gone, but we know Connie’s wisdom and insight will be a balm for anyone who has ever cared for a child.

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About Connie

Connie Burk is a parent and cultural worker in the Pacific NW. Currently, she is a Strategic Advisor for Mother Nation, the Puget Sound’s Indigenous response to life-course violence, and the Director of Kol HaNeshamah, a participatory Jewish community in Seattle, WA. Previously, she founded the National LGBTQ Institute on IPV, and directed an antiviolence organization in the LGBTQ community.

Connie is the co-author of  Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, an executive producer of the award-winning documentary film, A Lot Like You (, the author of the article We Survive Without Justice in the Honoring First Nations: In Their Own Words 2021 Connections journal, and a contributing author to the anthology, The Revolution Starts at Home. She initiated groundbreaking research documenting the impact of mandatory reporting on help seeking by survivors and co-authored the report “There is No One I Can Trust.”  Her campaign, “Friends Help Friends Survive”, won a 2014 Avon Global Communications award, the first U.S. campaign to receive this honor.