"Someone to Watch Over Me"

In this personal essay, a mother worries about her child's development after adopting him from a Russian orphanage.

From a Russian Orphanage to Our Home
My best friend, Meg, is afraid she’s letting her six-month-old son spend too much time in the Johnny Jump-up. “I feel so guilty,” she tells me. “We should be playing with the Gymini, developing his gross motor skills.” I know what she means. The other day, I watched several Babar cartoons with my two-year-old son, Alex, trying to see if I could justify it as a tool for language acquisition. Like most parents, I’ve become an expert on child development. ...

A Russian toddler flourishes despite a babyhood in an orphanage abroad.


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