Adopted Child

Parenting and Partnering: I Hope You Dance

June 22, 2016

Do you dance? I do, although not as well as my husband. I can work through and memorize the steps and patterns, but the fluidity takes some time. In fact, it took me years to learn the true art of partnering with him—the essential non-verbal cues necessary for a smooth connection and easy transitions between […]

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Listen to My Interview on the Spirit-Led Parenting Summit

April 13, 2016

Spirit-led parenting is one of the core tenets of my parent guide, What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween. Spirit-led parenting focuses on trusting yourself to parent your child compassionately and effectively, based on your life experiences, wisdom, and the common sense you have amassed. Spirit-led parenting is about connecting to your intuition and trusting […]

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Preparing Your Child for the Arrival of Their Adopted Sibling

March 29, 2016

I parent biological and adopted kids. Preparing children for their new sibling, whether biological or adopted, is very similar. However, there are additional topics that need to be addressed regarding the arrival of the adopted sibling. Focus on the expectations and fears that accompany the sibling’s arrival. The majority of children experience stress when they […]

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Stress Management for Adopting Parents

March 23, 2016

Every change we experience is stressful, even positive change. Managing your stress—eustress (a beneficial reaction that galvanizes you to perform, achieve, or overcome; feeling positive and fulfilled) versus distress (feeling overwhelmed, often temporary acute mental and physical suffering) is up to you. Adoption is right up there with the top stressful events in a person’s […]

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What You Need to Know to Help Your Transracially-Adopted Child Thrive

March 11, 2016

We white parents believe we adopt transracially with our eyes and hearts wide open. We feel fully prepared to parent our child. We attend the required education to become parents to our remarkable kids. Sometimes: We go beyond the aesthetics presented. We read, research, and ask questions about race and racism. We take notes. We […]

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Jumping through Hoops: Readoption

March 3, 2016

I had another post ready to go this morning. However, I rescheduled it for later. Why? Because I need to put my advocacy hat on. Why? For me, it’s all about the child. I feel obligated to address one of the hoops adoptive parents must or are compelled to jump through after welcoming their child […]

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