Archive for August 2015

Family Cell Phone Contract and Technology Use Policy

Family Cell Phone Contract and Technology Use Policy
Our middle school daughter just received her first phone.  I searched across many awesome websites to find a cell-phone contract that I wanted to use.  In the end, I decided to create our own family cell phone and technology use contract, drawing on my own expertise in the area of digital citizenship as well as the... Read more »

Twelve Years Later: The First Day of School

Twelve Years Later: The First Day of School
The house is quiet.  The door to the backyard is open, but the screen door is closed – a true indication that I am the only person at home.  I listen to the swishing of the late morning wind as it ripples through the thick summer trees. Dappled sunlight moves in strange patterns on the... Read more »

Little Girls Who Are Bullied For Liking Star Wars Feel the Light Side of the Force: Sisterhood of the Traveling Armor

I’m sitting here on the couch in my pajamas.  My daughter, Katie the Star Wars girl, is on my phone chatting with Layla Murphy. Layla is the little girl who made news this week when Star Wars fans rallied around her after she was bullied at her new school for wearing an R2-D2 jacket and... Read more »
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Meet Juliet Bond: Social Worker and Amazing Co-Author of Jazzy’s Quest

Meet Juliet Bond: Social Worker and Amazing Co-Author of Jazzy’s Quest
Over the past five years, many of you who follow Portrait of an Adoption have watched my kids grow from babies to toddlers to tweens, and you’ve written to tell me similar tales about your loved ones.  We are sort of like a big family here. But now there is a new member of our... Read more »