My sons often remind me that the parenting game is not necessarily about winning or losing. It’s about the effort that goes into playing the game.
foster and adoption
Approaching adoption with the mindset that you cannot fail is what will make you the kind of parent who triumphs, no matter what anyone else may tell you.
Mothering is so much bigger than grocery lists and school projects. Mothering happens when the child in front of you needs deep and unconditional love.
No one will ever have the perfect success that Ms. von Trapp did, but her lessons continue to encourage and strengthen me as a new mom.
Other adoptive parents had warned us the language barrier was an issue when adopting older children from a foreign country. These strategies helped.
I caught the movie “Kramer vs. Kramer” the other day. I first saw the movie when I was a young teen in the 1970’s, too young to really understand its significance at the time. Now though, as a single adoptive…
Advancing Age got the last laugh when two weeks later we got the news that I wasn’t pregnant. I needed to take a long hard look at my 40-something body.
“DNA doesn’t make you family,” a hand-stamped keychain from Etsy will remind you, “love does.” Now I know it’s way more than that.
My daughter was nine years old when my husband and I adopted her. We had a lot of birthdays to make up for.
For the past 20 years, I have been fielding questions and comments regarding my son’s adoption. The first time it happened, I was grocery shopping with my baby when a man standing in front of me said, “Now you will…