When children ask about a “missing spouse,” how should single parents answer?
Older Parents, Single Parents, LGBT Families, & Other Modern Adoptive Families
Parenting advice and personal stories by older parents, single parents, parents in LGBT families, and other modern families formed through adoption.
Creating a Support Network
I just came home with my new baby and I’m already feeling overwhelmed. How am I supposed to do all of this by myself?
“Pushing Past My Fears to Become a Single Mother”
A recent “adventure vacation” I took with my daughter brought back memories of the scariest leap of all — becoming a single mom.
[Book Review] Hot Flashes, Warm Bottles
Eric McAttee reviews Hot Flashes, Warm Bottles, a book about motherhood after 40, and the joys and challenges older moms will face.
There is an irrevocable moment when you become a parent, an instant when the idea of your child enters your heart forever.
I’ve reached a point in life where both my young daughter and my aging mother depend on me. Can I afford to be fragile?
Making a Life for Two
Looking back at her sometimes difficult transition to family life, a mom describes learning to take care of herself as well as her daughter.
Adopting on Your Own the Second — or Third — Time Around
Double the pleasure—or double trouble?
“Until the Real Thing Comes Along”
After adopting in mid-life, I found I welcomed the role of single parent. Perhaps this is because I can deal only with one big relationship at a time, and my daughter takes up all the room.
The Dream of a Family
All kinds of couples, even LGBT couples, are turning to adoption to build their forever families.
Ask AF: A Fantasy Father
Ronny Diamond discusses fantasy play in adopted children. In this case, a single mother worries about the imaginary “father” her daughter talks about.
[Book Review] Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent
An adoptive mom reviews Adopting on Your Own, Lee Varon’s guide to the wide variety of issues unmarried men and women face when building a family.
Adopting When You’re Single, Gay, Older, or Living Abroad
The growing number of one-parent households, availability of adoption subsidies in most states for children with special needs, and agencies’ desire to find homes for children who are older or who have disabilities are driving the acceptance of single-parent adoption.
“How Do I Manage as a Single Mother?”
Yes, solo parenting is hard work. But the freedom is good, too.
“Changing My Name to Mom”
As she prepares for the adoption of her third child, the author knows it is not just she who must be ready, but also the 9-year-old girl she’s fallen in love with.
New Family Values
As more singles and gay and lesbian couples are becoming parents by way of adoption, their children may face questions from their schoolmates or tough class projects. Here’s how families thrive.