Archive for June 2016

Brexit and Trump: This Is Not A World I Want To Leave To My Kids

In a shocking move, the British people have voted to leave the European Union. That vote, however, does not reflect the views of nearly half of the British citizens. Young people overwhelmingly opposed that decision, and now they and their children must live with the consequences of an isolationist, paranoid decision that was made by... Read more »

Finding Dory: Why It Made My Seventh Grader Cry

Finding Dory: Why It Made My Seventh Grader Cry
My husband wanted us all to go see Finding Dory together for Father’s Day. It’s not always easy to find movies that work for all of our children, because our littlest one gets scared easily, and our oldest is far more interested in teenage characters than anything else. But Disney Pixar movies are usually a... Read more »

Call For Submissions: 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, the 6th Annual Series

Call For Submissions: 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, the 6th Annual Series
Do you have an adoption or foster care story to tell? Are you an adoptee, birth parent, adoptive parent or foster parent? Welcome to Portrait of an Adoption!  So happy you are here.  In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, I will be running the sixth annual special series called 30 Adoption Portraits... Read more »
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Dear Internet, Have Compassion and Be Kind To The Graves Family. It Could Have Been You.

Dear Internet, Have Compassion and Be Kind To The Graves Family. It Could Have Been You.
I remember our family’s vacation at the Grand Floridian hotel at Disney World. We went there with my parents as a special treat seven years ago, when my daughters were then ages five and two. I remember my two-year-old, scampering around the lagoon and the beaches of the hotel, as two-year-olds will do. Yesterday, the... Read more »

Deep Thoughts On The Eve Of The Birth Family Reunion

Deep Thoughts On The Eve Of The Birth Family Reunion
The first time we took our daughter K to visit her birth family was almost twelve years ago. Our daughter was ten months old, and it was the first time her older sister (age 7) and older brother (age 3) would be meeting her, because they had been in a different foster home than she... Read more »

Now We Are Six: Hopes For My Youngest Girl On Her Birthday

Now We Are Six: Hopes For My Youngest Girl On Her Birthday
For the third time, I have a daughter turning six.  Each girl’s life at the time of her sixth birthday is imprinted in my mind. When my oldest daughter turned six, we were two months into reuniting with her birth family. She started kindergarten the week of her sixth birthday, and she was one of... Read more »
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Unselfie, Empathy, the Brock Turner Case, and Parenting

Five years ago, I first encountered the phenomenal Dr. Michele Borba, a parenting expert and bestselling author of more than twenty-two books. We connected because I was in the process of writing a book about bullying, and Michele was one of the experts I interviewed. During that summer of 2011, we spoke several times on... Read more »