Tag: parenting

It is Okay To Be Okay

It is Okay To Be Okay
Welcome to 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, hosted by Portrait of an Adoption. This series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying adoption experiences and perspectives. By Nicola and Ian What a strange title for a story about our adoption journey, you might think? All will become clear as the story unfolds.... Read more »

Top Ten Things I Won't Miss About Raising Kids

Oh, parenthood, sometimes you are such a chore. Here are the top ten things I won’t miss when the little birdies finally leave the nest: Cooking a healthy dinner that nobody eats. There’s nothing like spending time I don’t have preparing a healthy meal for the family, only to have the kids scream and cry... Read more »

Evolution of a Temper Tantrum, In Scraps of Paper

Scene: A family with three children enters a busy restaurant, where they are meeting their cousins for dinner. It is 5:15 pm. The six-year-old is tired and grumpy after a long but awesome day at the Adler Planetarium. Child, starting to scream: “I hate this restaurant. I’m not going to eat here.” Mother: “I’m sorry... Read more »
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I Love You, Mama

Welcome to 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, hosted by Portrait of an Adoption. This series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying adoption experiences. By Sheila Quirke “I love you, Mama.” I hear those words and my heart cracks open, its contents oozing out over the kitchen counter. They take my breath away... Read more »

The Silent Scream: When the Parenting Writer Self-Censors Because It's the Right Thing To Do

It’s a Sunday morning. I’m sitting across from my husband at Starbucks during our precious ninety minutes of free time while the girls are at Sunday school. There is so much to process, so much living that happens each and every day. I blog infrequently now, mostly due to the fact that my children are... 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 »

The Gift of Failure: A Valuable Read for Adoptive Parents

The Gift of Failure: A Valuable Read for Adoptive Parents
When my oldest daughter was a toddler, I hovered. Yes, I’ll admit it. I stuck to her like glue, quick to praise her every success and just as quick to correct her every mistake. In the early years, she was unbelievably compliant and good-natured. I thought I was a kick-ass mom who must be doing... 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 »
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Trying to Celebrate Mother’s Day When The Mothering Is Rough

I walked into a drugstore today to buy some Mother’s Day cards. I browsed through the sea of pastel, flowered cards. Each card was an ode to the World’s Best Mother or a testimony to the Mom of the Year. I put back each card I picked up, my fingers pressing against the cellophane-wrapped rhinestones.... Read more »