Category: Parenting

Trump, Football Players, and Little House on the Prairie: How Current Events and Historical Perspective Teach Us About Racism

My youngest daughter is reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series that I absolutely loved as a child. When I read the series over thirty years ago, I marveled at the charm and hardship of life as a pioneer. I remembered how Pa and Ma had to make every last thing from... Read more »

Finding Dory: Why It Made My Seventh Grader Cry

Finding Dory: Why It Made My Seventh Grader Cry
My husband wanted us all to go see Finding Dory together for Father’s Day. It’s not always easy to find movies that work for all of our children, because our littlest one gets scared easily, and our oldest is far more interested in teenage characters than anything else. But Disney Pixar movies are usually a... 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 »

An Open Letter To Supergirl Stars Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh, From An Adoptive Mom

Dear Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh, You met thousands of people last weekend. I want to tell you about your impact on three of them. Three little girls, specifically, who were all wearing Superman pajamas and were camped out at the front of the autograph lines on Saturday morning. (I would love to get them... Read more »

Dear Child With Sensory Issues

Dear Child With Sensory Issues, You woke up screaming. I was downstairs – had not yet even sipped my coffee – and I knew that it would be one of those mornings. You were sobbing by the time I entered your bedroom. As spring threatens to arrive, your allergies have started to rage. Itchy and... Read more »
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I Am A Black Woman. And I Need You To Notice.

I Am A Black Woman. And I Need You To Notice.
February is Black History Month.  I wanted to write a piece that honors what it means to be Black in our country. But I cannot do that with any authenticity, because I am not Black. Being both a woman and a Jew, I do have some idea of what it means to be marginalized, to... Read more »

I Was Left; I Was Loved - An Adoptee Story

In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fifth 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 My birthmother left... 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 »
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Family Cell Phone Contract and Technology Use Policy

Family Cell Phone Contract and Technology Use Policy
Our middle school daughter just received her first phone.  I searched across many awesome websites to find a cell-phone contract that I wanted to use.  In the end, I decided to create our own family cell phone and technology use contract, drawing on my own expertise in the area of digital citizenship as well as the... Read more »