Posts in category "mother-child bond"

Some Adoption Stories Will Make You Uncomfortable

Some Adoption Stories Will Make You Uncomfortable
The first year that I ran my series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 3 Days, it featured twenty-nine positive, hopeful stories and one critical, unhappy story. I was scared to publish even that one negative story. I was afraid of what might happen; I was worried that it would upset adoptive parents to read about an... 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 »

This Tug of War Was Destroying Him.

This Tug of War Was Destroying Him.
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 Danielle: My husband, Eric, and... Read more »
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We Were Told to Leave Nina in the Playroom, All by Herself, and Depart.

We Were Told to Leave Nina in the Playroom, All by Herself, and Depart.
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 Jiyer Your children are not... Read more »

Custody Day: A Strong Girl from the Start

Custody Day: A Strong Girl from the Start
In honor of the anniversary of my daughter’s custody day, which conveniently falls during National Adoption Awareness Month, I am posting a letter I have written to her.  This will be the only Portrait in our series of 30 Adoption Portraits that was not written by a guest. Custody Day By Carrie Goldman My dearest... Read more »

Secretly Liking One Child More

During dinner with a dear old friend, we wandered across the topic of liking our children.  My friend looked at me earnestly and admitted, “I feel closer to Younger than Older.  I feel so guilty saying this, but I actually like Younger more.  Isn’t that awful?  What do I do about it?” “I don’t think... Read more »
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Lessons for Mom at the Science Fair

There are little jars and bottles all over my house, half-filled with Momoammonium Phosphate (MAP).   We have MAP in liquid form, sitting in jars of saturated solution.  We have MAP in solid form, growing in jars of crystals.   Yes, it’s that time of year.  The Science Fair.   Last year, Katie did a project... Read more »

The Best Second Mother

The Best Second Mother
Two weeks ago, Andrew and I were trying to move the girls through their evening routine.  We had just finished dinner, and it was time to start the bath.  Andrew reached the top of the stairs first, toting a chortling Cleo, and Annie Rose scrambled up behind him. As Katie and I climbed the stairs,... Read more »

The Importance of Being Mama

Katie This weekend, my daughters and I were on our own while Andrew was at the state math competition with his high school students.  He kissed the girls goodbye on Thursday night and promised to see them on Sunday. Here is the secret truth:  they did not really register his absence until he returned.  Upon... Read more »
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