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My tummy is too big. It sticks out past my clothes, says 4-year-old.

My tummy is too big. It sticks out past my clothes, says 4-year-old.
My four-year-old daughter is getting ready for bed.  As she dances around the room, singing a made-up song at the top of her lungs, she tugs off her jeans and her long-sleeved shirt.  She is always moving, talking and singing loudly – to the extent that one of her big sisters reaches a point almost... Read more »

Amazing Awesome List of Best Chapter Books for Kids

Amazing Awesome List of Best Chapter Books for Kids
Presenting Portrait of an Adoption’s most amazing list of chapter books for kids! The background on this list?  My young daughter, who is a voracious reader, recently finished all seven of the Harry Potter books. Desperate to find new and exciting reading material for her, I put out a request on my blog’s Facebook page... Read more »

We Know This Time Is Short, and So Much Richer For It

We Know This Time Is Short, and So Much Richer For It
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 Jeremy Hornik Our baby... Read more »
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Ours Was One of the First Open Adoptions: We Adopted One Twin and the Birth Parents Raised the Other

Ours Was One of the First Open Adoptions: We Adopted One Twin and the Birth Parents Raised the Other
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 Deborah Lea Serrano Last... Read more »

Multiple Sclerosis: Modern Day MS Fills A Need

Multiple Sclerosis: Modern Day MS Fills A Need
I first encountered multiple sclerosis (MS) over thirteen years ago, when a cherished colleague of mine suffered a flare-up.  Unfamiliar with the condition, I learned that she had relapsing remitting MS , which means she would have exacerbations followed by periods of recovery and normalcy. Then it hit closer to home.  A member of my... Read more »

Where Postpartum Depression Meets Adoption: Looking Beyond Hormones in Maternal Mental Illness

Several days ago, I read, reread and then read again the New York Times article Thinking of Ways to Harm Her, the first of a two-part series about women and maternal mental illness, with a focus on postpartum depression. In this excellent article, which explores both antenatal and postpartum depression, Pam Belluck reports: A complex interplay of... Read more »
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A Sensory Meltdown at the Ice Show: A Tale of Two Friends

On Saturday morning, C popped into my room, dragging her enormous stuffed bunny, clad in flannel pajamas. “When do I skate in the show?  How many hours?” she asked, before I could even say good morning. “Not until tonight,” I said.  “Not for ten more hours.”  The previous night, C had nearly exploded with joy... Read more »

Great New Update on Michael Morones

Great New Update on Michael Morones
In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, which has left him in the hospital with serious brain damage.   Although suicidal ideation is a complicated issue with more than one cause, a known factor in Michael’s distress was the bullying he experienced at school. Other kids taunted Michael about his... Read more »

Update on Michael Morones: The Complications of Bullying, Suicidal Ideation, and Causality

Update on Michael Morones: The Complications of Bullying, Suicidal Ideation, and Causality
UPDATE: As of February 7, Michael is taking some independent breaths.  Go Mighty Michael! In the two weeks since 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, leaving him severely brain damaged, his parents are trying to sort out what happened and where to go from here. Suicidal ideation is a complicated... Read more »
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11-yr-old Boy Bullied for Being A Brony Fighting for Life After Suicide Attempt; How You Can Help

11-yr-old Boy Bullied for Being A Brony Fighting for Life After Suicide Attempt; How You Can Help
Eleven-year-old Michael Morones is a passionate boy.  He idolizes his Uncle Jimmy, who is a proud member of the Bronies.  The term Brony is a portmanteau that refers to fanboys of My Little Pony (“bro ponies”), although girls can be Bronies too. Michael’s favorite character is Pinkie Pie, a hyper excitable pony.   The little boy,... Read more »