Recognizing the Depressed Child and Adolescent

“The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one’s sympathy the gloom of somebody else.” Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), British Novelist Parenting is inherently difficult work. Patience, endurance, and restraint are common traits that parents develop as they set boundaries, teach morals, and discipline their children. More difficulties compound when children and adolescents begin showing signs of...

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Dear Family, Here Are a Few Things We Need You To Know (An Open Letter To Families of Hopeful Adoptive Couples)

To Our Beloved Families, We have decided to grow our family by adoption! We understand you don’t have much exposure to adoption and it’s often misunderstood. We understand you are unfamiliar with the subject and may feel upset or uncomfortable with our decision. Or perhaps you feel as overjoyed as we do! We invite you to ask us questions or express your curiosities and we’ll answer...

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Have Your Baby Shower (& Eat the Cake, Too)

Experiencing adoption is different than experiencing a pregnancy, obviously. But can’t all the joyous rituals be the same? I’ve heard this debate among adoptive parents so many times throughout my few years submerged in the adoption community. Some hopeful adoptive mamas are asked by dear friends to host a baby shower on her behalf.  Sometimes, we’re caught off-guard and don’t know what to say. Maybe...

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