Top Ten Steps You Should Take To Respond To Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is an issue that affects us all: grown men and women, teenagers, tweens, and even children. It can eat up a shocking number of mental and physical hours each day, especially given the amount of time we spend with screens. No one is immune. Whether you are a female gamer, a celebrity, or just... Read more »

CBS Anchor Makes Day of 4-Year-Old Figure Skating Girl

CBS Anchor Makes Day of 4-Year-Old Figure Skating Girl
CBS Chicago News came to the house today to interview me about my bullying work for a story on problematic social media apps such as YikYak and Burn Book. My four-year-old daughter thought they were coming to interview her about winning first place in her first ice skating competition yesterday.  She ran to put on... Read more »

Closure Documentary: Witnessing an Adoptee's Journey

Closure Documentary: Witnessing an Adoptee's Journey
The lights dimmed, and the humming discussion of the audience grew still. We all sat, transfixed, as the screen came to life. We were all there to witness Angela’s story. The story of an adoptee seeking to find some closure for the gaping uncertainties in her identity and history. *          *          *          * When Bryan... Read more »
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Today is Donna Day! Remembering a 4-yr-old bright light.

Today is Donna Day! I think about Donna all the time.  Perhaps it is because I am on the third round of raising a four-year-old girl, and Donna was a four-year-old girl when she died of a rare brain tumor called a papillary meningioma. I think about my now four-year-old, Cleo, and it is incomprehensible... Read more »

A Story of Abandonment and Rescue: Calcutta Is My Mother

A Story of Abandonment and Rescue: Calcutta Is My Mother
A Story of Abandonment and Rescue | Calcutta is My Mother By Reshma McClintock For me, being an adoptee is a beautiful thing. I was rescued almost as swiftly as I was abandoned in a Calcutta slum nearly 35 years ago. Adoption wasn’t initially an option for me, as the caretakers at my orphanage didn’t... Read more »

No School? Over 60 Activities To Do At Home With Sick Kids

No School? Over 60 Activities To Do At Home With Sick Kids
Presenting Portrait of an Adoption’s most amazing list of activities to do at home with sick kids.  Thank you to all my awesome readers who sent in their favorite ways to comfort and entertain sick kiddos. Here are over 60 fun ideas for you. Enjoy! Listen to audio books while cuddled under blankets. Play story... Read more »
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Dear Children Riding In My Car

Dear Children Riding In My Car
Dear Children Riding In My Car, We need to have a chat. You have lost sight of my purpose when I’m in the car.  And since I spend much of my time there, we need to redefine the roles, so that I don’t go batshit insane crazy. I’ll give you a hint.  My spot is... Read more »

My tummy is too big. It sticks out past my clothes, says 4-year-old.

My tummy is too big. It sticks out past my clothes, says 4-year-old.
My four-year-old daughter is getting ready for bed.  As she dances around the room, singing a made-up song at the top of her lungs, she tugs off her jeans and her long-sleeved shirt.  She is always moving, talking and singing loudly – to the extent that one of her big sisters reaches a point almost... Read more »

Amazing Awesome List of Best Chapter Books for Kids

Amazing Awesome List of Best Chapter Books for Kids
Presenting Portrait of an Adoption’s most amazing list of chapter books for kids! The background on this list?  My young daughter, who is a voracious reader, recently finished all seven of the Harry Potter books. Desperate to find new and exciting reading material for her, I put out a request on my blog’s Facebook page... Read more »
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Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2014: Star Wars Is For GIRLS Too

Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2014: Star Wars Is For GIRLS Too
On Friday, December 19, 2014, we invite you to celebrate the fifth annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day, an affirmation of geek pride and a stance against bullying. Here’s how you can celebrate: Wear something Star Wars or science fiction-related on December 19. Donate a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a... Read more »