Archive for June 2014

On Being a Stepmom: Guest Post by Tania Richard

I love to hear perspectives on parenting that are different from my own.  I’ve never been a stepmom, and I realized that I’ve never shared an essay about step-parenting here.  The following is a guest post. By Tania Richard: I am a proud stepmother, wife, and mother in a family of six. My stepkids are... Read more »

Adoption Boundaries, featuring adoption author Lori Lavender Luz

Adoption Boundaries, featuring adoption author Lori Lavender Luz
Open adoption is a concept that is different for different families.  One reason that some people fear open adoption is the lack of clearly determined boundaries.  What does open mean?  Is it exchanging photos once a year?  Monthly phone calls? Daily texts? Annual visits?  It can mean any or all of none of these.  Adoption... Read more »

Where Postpartum Depression Meets Adoption: Looking Beyond Hormones in Maternal Mental Illness

Several days ago, I read, reread and then read again the New York Times article Thinking of Ways to Harm Her, the first of a two-part series about women and maternal mental illness, with a focus on postpartum depression. In this excellent article, which explores both antenatal and postpartum depression, Pam Belluck reports: A complex interplay of... Read more »
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Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl

Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl
Allison used to love to go to school.  But two years ago, when her big sister moved on from elementary school to junior high, Allison found herself alone when she became the target of relentless bullying. Allison is eleven years old.  She loves Spiderman and Star Wars.  The other kids mock her for carrying a... Read more »

Dear Dad Who Was Waiting In Line At Panera

Dear Dad Who Was Waiting in Line at Panera, It was pretty crazy in Panera at lunchtime yesterday.  A ballet recital had just ended at the theater across the street, and a crush of unexpected people descended on Panera.  The people who worked there were running way behind on just about every order.  It was... Read more »