Archive for September 2013

This Is What It Looks Like When Your Kid Has A Nut Allergy

So last week my friend Karen wrote a blog about the controversy surrounding schools banning nuts in order to protect kids who have severe nut allergies.  Karen’s posts are always guaranteed to spring lively commentary, and this was no different.  The topic caught my attention, since I am the parent of a child with life... Read more »

Mommy Blogging to Success Tip #1: Don’t Step On Other Women As You Climb To the Top

Mommy Blogging to Success Tip #1: Don’t Step On Other Women As You Climb To the Top
Yesterday I participated on a panel about mommy blogging as part of Social Media Week.  Technically, the panel was about how you can use your blog to gain success, with success being defined as book deals, corporate sponsorships, etc. My co-panelists, Nicole Knepper of Moms Who Drink and Swear, and Katy Maher of I Want... Read more »

Masterminds and Wingmen: Rosalind Wiseman's Exploration of Boy World

Masterminds and Wingmen: Rosalind Wiseman's Exploration of Boy World
Rosalind Wiseman knows boys.  Not just because she is the mother of two boys, but because she has immersed herself in boy world.  Two hundred boys, representing a variety of life experiences and perspectives, have shared their truest feelings and experiences with Wiseman and worked closely with her in the creation of Masterminds and Wingmen,... Read more »
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Adoption Retrospective: The First Goodbye

It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  Each month, I am reflecting on our lives in 2003. September 2003, Part 2 It is now Friday morning, and the hospital is preparing to discharge newborn K into the custody of her foster mother, Susan.  As a hopeful adoptive mother, I have no... Read more »

Adoption Retrospective: Witnessing Another Mother Give Birth to Our Daughter

It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I am publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003 September 2003: Part One There is a festive atmosphere in M’s room as the night unfolds.  Her cousins and aunts show... Read more »

Brave Girls Will Be Invading Times Square. Are You Ready?

In my house, every day is the Day of the Girl.  With three daughters ranging in age from toddler to tween, we live and breathe girl empowerment.  With our oldest girl turning ten today, I woke up in the mood to celebrate! So it was very fitting to find an email in my inbox announcing... Read more »
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Open Adoption: Letter to K On Her 10th Birthday From Her Birthmother

K’s birthmother sent me the following letter for K on her 10th birthday: Dear K, I can’t believe you are going to be 10 years old tomorrow.  You have grown to be such an amazing person, and while I can take some credit for your amazing genes, I give so much credit to your wonderful... Read more »

New Donaldson Report Calls for Adoption Competency Training Among Mental Health Professionals

Several days ago, my colleague Adam Pertman, the Executive Director of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, sent me an advance link to the Institute’s new report, “A Need to Know: Enhancing Adoption Competence among Mental Health Professionals.” Adam Pertman and the Donaldson Adoption Institute are embarking on an “intensive  sustained effort to distribute the report to... Read more »