Parenting

Open Adoption Is the New Norm and Here’s What It’s All About

Maintaining contact with the birth family has become the preferred method of adopting a child. Learn the basics of open adoption and how to make it work for you. When you're adopting, probably the last thing you want to do is share that little bundle of...

Adopting an Older Child: One Mom’s Story

We thought we wanted a baby. A tiny fist wrapped around our fingers. The smell of talcum powder. A coo, a cry, a cuddle. But after trying, unsuccessfully, to conceive — including an attempt at in vitro fertilization — my husband, Kevin, and I decided to...

Hoarding, Overeating, & Food Obsessions in Adopted & Foster Kids

Not being fed regularly and adequately is terrifying to anyone, but especially to children. Not surprisingly, hoarding, overeating, and food obsessions in adopted and foster kids are common. It’s hard to even imagine what it would be like to not know when...

The 5 People You Need In Your Adoption Village

It's fair to say, we knew we needed a village long before we adopted.  The minute adopting a child popped into my head, I was planning.  (That's the type A, anxiety-ridden life.) I started talking to those I knew who were part of the adoption community. ...

What It’s Really Like to Adopt a Baby

An inside look at a mom who adopted a baby from China, and the struggles and joys she experienced when she became a mom Bob and Karen tried for years to have a child. After six emotional miscarriages, they finally agreed to adopt. "I brought up adopting...

Is Your Child Acting Out—or Just Acting His Age?

If your child melts down, talks back, or ignores you, it could be because he’s still a little kid! Consider this a reality check.   As a work-at-home mom of 4-year-old twins, let me tell you: This past year was rough. Was it as “terrible” as the twos?...

The Best Time to Have Baby #2 (or #3!)

Should you wait or have another baby now? Been-there moms spill on the pros and cons of having kids close in age or farther apart.   Not long after the babies in my daughter Mirabel's playgroup turned 1, several moms stopped losing their baby weight...

The Top 7 Fears Adoptive Parents Have

  It took me a long time to come around to the idea of adopting. I was told I would likely never conceive while still young and single, so I grew really tired of people telling me I could “just adopt.” My heart was broken, and I needed to...

Adopting After Infertility

  I was young when I was first told that I’d likely never get pregnant on my own. I was also still single. I’d been under the mistaken impression that I still had plenty of time to settle down and have kids.And then, my hopes for the future were...

Tips for Blending Foster, Biological, and Adopted Children

Blending a foster child with children already in the home is one of the biggest challenges many foster parents face. Regardless whether the kids already in the home are by birth or adoption, the addition of a new foster child can be disruptive and parents...