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A Cautionary Tale: Choosing The Right Side of History in America

The following short story is a work of fiction. It features entirely fictional characters and is based on true events in America. It is subtle at times. After all, you can still walk into the grocery store and see row after row of food. You can still go to the movies and marvel over the... Read more »

Hasbro Finally Creates Version of Star Wars Monopoly that INCLUDES Rey: Here Is How You Can Get It

Hasbro Finally Creates Version of Star Wars Monopoly that INCLUDES Rey: Here Is How You Can Get It
Calling all REY fans: Hasbro has finally created a special link to buy a version of Star Wars monopoly that INCLUDES REY in the four game tokens that come with the game! In response to the pressure to actually include Rey (not just offer her as an a la carte special-order piece), there is a... Read more »

My 6-Yr-Old Choked Eating An Easter Egg; The Heimlich Saved Her.

It happened in an instant. I was picking up my younger two girls from school on a Monday afternoon, and they were hungry. On Saturday night, my girls had enjoyed a special activity: they had dyed Easter eggs with family friends, and I decided to bring several of the brightly-colored hardboiled eggs as an after... Read more »
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How to Help Syrian Refugees: Send a #ParcelofLove Baby Box

Sometimes I worry about developing compassion fatigue when I scroll through social media. There is no shortage of suffering, of heartfelt pleas to help support a thousand worthy causes. How does one decide where to allocate energy, time, money, anxiety? We do the best we can, I suppose, and we listen to what strikes a... Read more »

Boss Baby: Hard For Those Who Have Lost a Baby and For Foster Kids

I went with my husband and kids to see Boss Baby yesterday. My girls were very excited to see the movie, oohing and aahing about how adorable the baby was. There were many funny moments, and it was ultimately very sweet, but I wish I had known a little more about the movie before I... 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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Preparing to Watch "This Is Us" Finale

My husband and I have been watching This Is Us with our thirteen-year-old daughter. It is not an easy show to watch. Like the parents on the show — Jack and Rebecca — my husband and I have two biological children and one child through adoption. Our thirteen-year-old was adopted as a baby – not... Read more »

Supergirl Deftly Explores Adoptee Abandonment

Supergirl’s most recent episode explored an adoptee issue that needs to be discussed more often – the intense fear of abandonment. Kara Zor-El, the Kryptonian girl who was the last survivor of Krypton, was sent to Earth at age thirteen to watch over her cousin, baby Kal-El. Her pod was stuck in the Phantom Zone... 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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Why The Jungle Book Is A Must-See Movie For Adoptive Families

Why The Jungle Book Is A Must-See Movie For Adoptive Families
Warning: This is a review of The Jungle Book from the lens of an adoptive family, and it contains Plot SPOILERS. On opening night, our family went to see The Jungle Book. The excitement among the kids was palpable.  I sat between my oldest and youngest daughters, one my beloved through adoption, another my beloved... Read more »