Posts in category "Parenting"

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 »

Why Inside Out Is A Must-See Movie For Adoptive Families

Why Inside Out Is A Must-See Movie For Adoptive Families
Sometimes parents are the ones that teach kids to squash their emotions.  The parents don’t want to see the fear, the pain, or the uncertainty that is clamoring for a voice.  So they keep urging the children to “just be good” and “just smile” and “go along with things” and “don’t make trouble” until .... Read more »

Is God One Of The Bad Guys?

Is God One Of The Bad Guys?
It was the first night of Passover, and I was trying to coax my four-year-old into a clean outfit for the Seder.  Her polka-dotted tank top from two summers ago and mismatched biking shorts didn’t seem appropriate for a formal religious dinner on a cold evening in Chicago. She rejected each outfit I suggested. “No,... Read more »
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My Maternal Instinct Told Me Something Was Wrong

My Maternal Instinct Told Me Something Was Wrong
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fourth annual acclaimed series, 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 Julie Cowan My husband... Read more »

I Was Never Bothered By Questions About My Adoption. It Was Just My Story.

I Was Never Bothered By Questions About My Adoption. It Was Just My Story.
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fourth annual acclaimed series, 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 Madeleine Melcher I always... Read more »

Thank God We Brought The Kids To London

Thank God We Brought The Kids To London
It had the makings of a disaster.  On rather short notice, could we all make arrangements to fly overseas to London and stay for a few days? Just this summer, Andrew and I had taken our first trip to Europe in ten years, in honor of us both turning forty years old.  We left the... Read more »
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Rosh Hashanah: Questioning faith and searching for answers

Rosh Hashanah and I have a complicated relationship.  To be honest, I struggle with the entirety of the High Holy Days, which is not common for a practicing Jew.  It hasn’t always been this way.  I can pinpoint exactly when I lost my faith, so to speak. It began in Rosh Hashanah of the Hebrew... Read more »

How Superman Pajamas Are a Metaphor for Adoption

My dearest K, Last night, as an early birthday present, Daddy gave you a new pair of Superman pajamas. You already had a Captain American nightgown that I bought for you at San Diego Comic-Con, and of course you have your beloved Star Wars jammies, but the rest of the family has accumulated Superman jammies... Read more »

Her Next Chapter Is About To Start

Her Next Chapter Is About To Start
For over ten years now, my top go-to strategy when one of my kids has been grumpy is to grab a book, pull the unhappy child onto the couch, and read a story.  The act of reading soothes me; listening to the words eventually settles my out-of-sorts child. I specifically choose books that include a... Read more »
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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 »