Posts in category "growing up"

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 »

Homesick at Summer Camp: A Tale of Resilience

Homesick at Summer Camp: A Tale of Resilience
Saturday marked two weeks since we left our 9-year-old at camp, another two weeks until she returns home.  When we first returned home, I missed her with an intensity that startled me.  My knees buckled a little when I opened the dryer and found some of her favorite clothes tangled among the rest of the... Read more »

The Antidote for Helicopter Parents? Sending Your 9-Yr-Old Away to Camp

The Antidote for Helicopter Parents? Sending Your 9-Yr-Old Away to Camp
I don’t think of myself as a helicopter mom.  Or at least, I didn’t until today.  And I guess the diagnosis is coming at the right time, because I’ve found the antidote to helicoptering. It’s called sleep-away camp. Yes, I just left my 9-yr-old at camp for a month.  And every hour that we drive... Read more »
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Separation Anxiety in the Adopted Child: Growth and Progress

Separation Anxiety in the Adopted Child: Growth and Progress
K spent the night out last night, and she didn’t fell the need to call me at bedtime.  In fact, when I called the friend’s house this morning to check on how things went, the mom told me that K was doing great.  “I was watching her,” the mom reassured me, “to see if she... Read more »

I Couldn't Understand Why They Got to Go Home and I Didn't.

I Couldn't Understand Why They Got to Go Home and I Didn't.
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences.  By Amy Guimond: My name is... Read more »

When Is the Family Complete? Grief, Gratitude, Love

When Is the Family Complete? Grief, Gratitude, Love
A little over two years ago, baby Cleo was born, completing a trio of little girls in our family.  For about six weeks, I felt like my family was done.  Full.  And yet, by the time my newborn was twelve weeks old, I began a campaign to convince my husband that we needed just one... Read more »
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I had no one to eat lunch with and no one to play with at recess.

I had no one to eat lunch with and no one to play with at recess.
“How was your day?” I asked Katie as we walked home. Okay,” she answered automatically and then retracted, “Well, sort of not okay.” “What happened?” I asked very casually. “I had no one to sit with at lunch and then I couldn’t find anyone to play with at recess.  Everyone ran away from me.” Of... Read more »

How A Kid Can Talk to Other Kids About Her Adoption

How A Kid Can Talk to Other Kids About Her Adoption
At our Brownie meeting a few weeks ago, my co-leader and I did an activity where we taped a large world map to the wall and asked the girls to tell us about a foreign country with which they have a connection (i.e. a relative lives there; they like the type of food from that... Read more »

Sexy Superstars -- Age Five?

Eden Wood, child beauty queen TLC has a new commercial out announcing the return of their show Toddlers & Tiaras.  If you listen to the announcer, he refers to the 5-year-olds as “sexy superstars.”  Some viewers are interpreting it as “sassy superstars” but I studied it with my husband, and we both agreed that it... Read more »
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Why do I have to be tall with blonde hair? It's not fair.

Ahh, how strong our desire is to belong, to fit in, to be the same as those around us.  For the very youngest kids, that translates into a desire to look like their family members.  As Katie enters the tween years, she will probably age out of a desire to be just like us, but... Read more »