Over decades as a foster and adoptive parent and an adoption social worker, I have mothered and supported hundreds of children. Each one has taught me more than I passed along to them. Here is just some of that wisdom.
Growing Up Adopted: Parenting Babies and Toddlers
Practical advice for parenting adopted infants, from birth through age 2.
The Safe Baby is an easy-to-follow resource that will give busy parents — adoptive or otherwise — peace of mind.
After finally realizing my dream of becoming a mother, I found what most new parents find—along with the bliss come days filled with crying, spit-up, and leaking diapers. But when I dared to vent, I was chided: “You wanted to adopt…you asked for this!”
When you're in the process of adopting an infant, there are things you should know about your potential pediatrician. Start with these top queries.
One thing about parenthood is practically guaranteed. If your new baby gets sick, it will be in the middle of the night...in a snowstorm. Be prepared with these must-have items.
There's no reason to introduce pacifiers to older children who've been doing just fine without them.
What we record now about our child will help him or her later in the difficult teen task of forging a positive identity.
There's no one best diaper for baby. Just choose the one that suits your style.
The arrival of a new baby during the holiday time can be overwhelming for new parents—here's how to have a sane season.
The truth about vaccinations for infants, and how to protect your child.
You may want to postpone elective surgery until your child has been home for four to six months.
Nurture your child's love of reading with tales that shine a light on diversity and adoption.
It's a good idea to ask your pediatrician to make a note of your child's Mongolian spots.
"We found that using massage techniques helped our child relax and eased the transition from an orphanage setting to that of a loving family."
How to assess a newly adopted child's nutritional status and get a malnourished child's growth on track.
It may take some time for your child's birth mother to work through her grief. But there are ways you can help.
Formulas, nutrition, and feeding — everything you need to know about filling your child's tummy.
Whether you're adopting a newborn or a toddler, learn how to enhance attachment at each developmental stage.
When it comes to easing your baby's transition to your home, consistency is key.
How to recognize and cope with post-adoption depression.