Archive for February 2011

The Best Second Mother

The Best Second Mother
Two weeks ago, Andrew and I were trying to move the girls through their evening routine.  We had just finished dinner, and it was time to start the bath.  Andrew reached the top of the stairs first, toting a chortling Cleo, and Annie Rose scrambled up behind him. As Katie and I climbed the stairs,... Read more »

Thoughts by a Western Mom on the Tiger Mother

As a mother and a writer, I feel compelled to share my thoughts on Amy Chua’s highly controversial memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.  I stayed up much too late reading it last night, and although sleep beckoned, I could not put the book down until I finished the last page. I had read... Read more »

A Letter to Cleo at her Baby Naming

Yesterday, we held the Jewish baby naming ceremony for our newest daughter, Cleo.  It was one of the happiest days of my life.  I remember feeling a similar rush of joy at the naming of Katie, about seven years ago, and again at the naming of Annie Rose, about three and a half years ago.... Read more »
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Guest post: Spoon Foundation for Malnourished Orphans

Guest Post by Mishelle Rudzinski of SPOON FOUNDATION The adoption of my daughter happened so suddenly and quickly, that for a while I joked I had accidentally adopted.  At 38 and single, I was still undecided about having kids.  Some days I couldn’t wait to start a family; other days I gave it no thought.... Read more »

Separation Anxiety in the Adopted Child

Last month, I left the three girls alone for an evening with their dad for the first time since C was born.  Yes, apparently, it took seven months before my husband was in charge of dinner, bath and bedtime without me (this in and of itself could be a post).  But I digress. I was headed... Read more »

Our Connection to Nepal

Our Connection to Nepal
      Over the last three months, I have spent little time thinking about how I will remain connected to Nepal now that I am home with my adopted daughter, Antara.  I had given the issue tremendous thought prior to leaving for Nepal and imagined us returning when she was a bit older and... Read more »
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Looking for Bullies

Looking for Bullies
As part of a book I am writing on bullying prevention, I am looking to interview people who have acted as bullies and bystanders.  I have already spoken with bullying victims, activists, advocates, experts, researchers and social workers.  But it is impossible to write a truly useful anti-bullying book without speaking to the bullies themselves. ... Read more »

The Great Chicago Blizzard - A Neighborhood Unites

Day One was filled with anticipation as we waited for the storm.  We listened to the thundersnow (a first in our experience) and watched the world transform into a white whirling haze. Day Two was a lot of work.  We opened the back door to find more snow than I’ve ever seen in my life. ... Read more »

Taking on a Blizzard - Star Wars Style

It started yesterday with all the hype about the impending blizzard.  “One of the worst storms that will hit Chicago,” claimed the news websites.  “This is the real thing,” warned Tom Skilling, WGN’s weather man. We asked Katie what our strategy should be to deal with the storm.  “Ask Yoda to use the Force to... Read more »
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