Archive for June 2012

The Avengers: Is the Adoption Joke Funny, Offensive, or Both (as is often the case)?

Along with a zillion other people, my husband and I saw The Avengers when it came out.  I had been warned ahead of time not to bring my daughter Katie (which was not a problem because Katie is too young for the movie).  But the reason I was warned wasn’t due to her age, it... Read more »

Bullied Bus Monitor: A Horrifying Video that Affects Us All

Over the past several days, I have been reading and watching coverage about the disturbing story of the bullied bus monitor. For those of you who haven’t seen the story, a You Tube video that has gone viral shows a group of middle school boys from New York relentlessly and cruelly taunting 68-year-old bus monitor... Read more »

Neither a "Girl Mom" nor a "Boy Mom". Guest Post by Jennifer Allwood.

The following is a unique guest post for Portrait of an Adoption by Jennifer Allwood of The Magic Brush: “I grew up with 2 brothers, so never had experience of having a sister. As a young adult, I gained 4 stepbrothers. So now, I am the only girl in our family with 6 brothers. I... Read more »
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School ends, and so does our structure. Yikes.

School ends, and so does our structure. Yikes.
In the past few weeks, we have seen crazy huge meltdowns from all three of our kids, along with an increase in general testiness.  (“I’m not backtalking; I’m using my ‘I’m feeling very annoyed’ voice,” Katie protested when I called her out on her tone). Conditions worsened and a full hurricane hit two nights ago,... Read more »