Archive for June 2013

Adoption Retrospective Ten Years Later: The Dream Birthmother

It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I will be publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003. June 2003 It is June 1st.  A quiet night.  I am in the kitchen when the baby cell phone rings.... Read more »

We have a problem when 7-yr-olds are calling each other "Dumb Ho"

We have a problem when 7-yr-olds are calling each other "Dumb Ho"
Yesterday I conducted an anti-bullying workshop with several large groups of kids at summer camp.  Prior to meeting with the kids, I spent time talking with the counselors to find out what types of behaviors the kids were exhibiting. One counselor told me, “Honestly, they call each other terrible names.  Like ‘Dumb Ho’”. “Mine do... Read more »

Think “Nature vs. Nurture” no more. Marvel at the mix.

Think “Nature vs. Nurture” no more. Marvel at the mix.
This is a guest post by Jody Cantrell Dyer, author of The Eye of Adoption: The True Story of My Turbulent Wait for a Baby When my son Houston was four years old, he begged, “Mama, will you please “verse” me in ping-pong?” Since infancy, Houston had tucked himself right next to his daddy to... Read more »
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My 9-yr-old is preparing for her birth family reunion this weekend

In just a few days, I will be flying with my daughter K to visit her birthmother and her teenage brother and sister. During K’s early years, she did not have a relationship with her birth family.  But the summer before K turned 6, her birthmom called and asked if we would come for a... Read more »

What Would Have Happened to Me if You Didn’t Adopt Me?

Several months ago, I was driving my 9-yr-old to one of her ten zillion activities, and we were listening to the soundtrack from the Broadway musical Annie.  K asked me why Annie lived in an orphanage, and I answered that her parents died in a car wreck. “But for most of the movie, Annie thinks... Read more »

Bullied Wins Another Award! Just in Time for San Diego Comic-Con’s First Anti-Bullying Panel!

Bullied Wins Another Award! Just in Time for San Diego Comic-Con’s First Anti-Bullying Panel!
Score one for the good guys. For all those fascinated by the endless variations in the epic fight of good versus evil, Comic-Con is a story-lover’s dream.  There is no limit to the interpretations of baddies versus goodies. This year, Comic-Con will take the abstraction a step further – in addition to exploring the struggles... Read more »
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San Diego Comic-Con to feature Anti-Bullying Panel!

San Diego Comic-Con to feature Anti-Bullying Panel!
Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Join this life-changing discussion on how to overcome bullying, and learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON END BULLYING! RESPONDING TO CRUELTY IN OUR CULTURE Sunday, 7/21/13, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4 NOH8 makes its first-ever Comic-Con appearance,... Read more »

Superman Walks: Let's Help a Young Star Wars Fan Achieve His Dream

Superman Walks: Let's Help a Young Star Wars Fan Achieve His Dream
Hi everyone. My name is Amy Guimond, and last November, Carrie gave me the opportunity to guest blog about my adoption portrait, which was an amazingly cathartic experience and helped me become a stronger woman. But today, I am guest blogging because of someone else — a friend of mine named Thomas Mills III who... Read more »

Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!

Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!
It is my delight to announce that my nonfiction book Bullied has been named a Gold Medal Winner by the National Parenting Publications Awards.  This is the highest honor they give out, and it brings great joy to me. Bullied is a book that can be used by a wide variety of people with varying... Read more »
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