Archive for March 2014

Adoption Changes the Birthday Experience

This post first appeared on Adoption.net on March 20. Today is the birthday of my daughter’s birthmother, M.  I find myself thinking about her frequently throughout the day, more so than I have in past years on her birthday.  I wonder about how the meaning of birthdays has changed for M since making an adoption plan for... Read more »

Transcript of the Sex Talk With My 6-Yr-Old

Background: The Tooth Fairy Brings a Science Book Last week my daughter lost her first tooth in the evening.  She wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy requesting a science book in lieu of a dollar.  The Tooth Fairy chose a beautiful, well-illustrated biology book about the human body.  The Tooth Fairy, in her exhaustion,... Read more »

The Real Problem with Leggings Ban for Middle School Girls: Specific Targets

The Real Problem with Leggings Ban for Middle School Girls: Specific Targets
News of a confusing ban on leggings and yoga pants at an Evanston middle school is sparking heated conversations around the nation.  The fitted pants are apparently too distracting for male students.  Juliet and Kevin Bond, both educators, are parents of a 7th grade girl at the school, and they wrote a letter to the... Read more »
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Top Ten Ways North Carolina School Could Have Responded To Bullying Other Than Banning Grayson’s My Little Pony Backpack

Dear Buncombe County Schools, I heard about your school in North Carolina that told Grayson Bruce he was not allowed to bring his My Little Pony Bag to school, because it was a trigger for bullying.  You released a statement saying that you take bullying seriously and will continue to take steps to resolve this issue.  Well,... Read more »

Come hear Jarrett Payton speak about bullying prevention at a free public event on March 12.

Did you know Walter Payton’s son, Jarrett, was bullied as a teenager?  Come on Wednesday night to hear Jarrett speak about how to further bullying prevention efforts with today’s students.  I can’t wait to attend and learn what he has to say! Bullied No More: A Conversation with Jarrett Payton and Camille Paddock Wednesday, March... Read more »

The Real Problems With Yik Yak, and How You Should Respond

The Real Problems With Yik Yak, and How You Should Respond
Schools in Chicagoland are up in arms and shutting down the social media app Yik Yak.  Here are the real problems with Yik Yak and what you can do to respond. What is Yik Yak? Yik Yak is a four-month-old app for Android and Apple mobile devices that allows users to post text-only Yaks of... Read more »
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Jacob's New Dress Fits Just Right

Jacob's New Dress Fits Just Right
What do we do when our child wants to do something that much of society deems unacceptable, yet the action is not harmful to anyone else?  How do we best support and protect our child?  This is the crux of the issue raised in Sarah and Ian Hoffman’s groundbreaking new children’s book, Jacob’s New Dress.... Read more »

Top Adoption Books and Resources: A Not-To-Be-Missed List of Recommendations

Portrait of an Adoption’s Top Recommended Adoption Books and Additional Resources In this list, you will find a wide variety of nonfiction books representing diverse views and perspectives on adoption – similar in style to my blog’s acclaimed annual series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days – with different titles geared toward adoptees, adoptive parents,... Read more »