Identity

The Importance of Veracity

May 17, 2013

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~ Thomas Jefferson One of the questions I’m regularly asked by clients is, “Do I need/have to tell my child everything?!” My response is always the same, “Yes, in age-appropriate language and prior to adolescence.” Telling the truths, even the difficult ones, is part of […]

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Somewhere Between: The Movie

December 6, 2012

Somewhere Between: What a perfect title for a movie that explores the intersection of identity formation, adoption, race, and family. The documentary touches on other core issues—grief, rejection and loss—as well. Ella Taylor, of NPR, says, “Somewhere Between is refreshingly free of the cloying, one-size-fits-all dogma that sometimes bedevils the adoption community.” Intimate and poignant, […]

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Part Two of The Adoption Bloggers Interview Project

November 15, 2012

“If a mother and father can love more than one child, then why is it so hard to understand that a child can love more than one mother and father?”  ~ Unknown Here is the rest of Kierstin’s interview (here is part one). Don’t forget to check out mine, and to read the many, many others […]

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The Adoption Bloggers Interview Project: Part One

November 14, 2012

We all have a different lens through which we view adoption. Whether in agreement or not I feel it benefits us to listen to one another, consider each other’s journeys and viewpoints. By doing so we gain understanding, grow empathy and compassion. The Adoption Bloggers Interview Project is one such great vehicle for providing this opportunity. […]

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It’s Not About You

October 16, 2012

I say or contemplate about this often: “It’s not about me.” This phrase embodies what I’ve come to understand, what I ponder several times a day when working with clients or parenting my kiddos. “It’s not about me,” has become a mantra of sorts, reminding me to consider my children’s needs—those that stem from having […]

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Important Reasons to Celebrate Your Child’s Culture of Origin

September 27, 2012

Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. But involve me, and I’ll understand. (Chinese Proverb) With Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) preparations in the works for next month, and the Autumn Moon Festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Zhongqiu Jie (中秋节), or Moon Cake Festival) just around the corner, we’re […]

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