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The Joy of Family Traditions

[Book Review] The Joy of Family Traditions

[Book Review] The Joy of Family Traditions

Like many women, Jennifer Trainer Thompson had always been drawn to family traditions, but it was becoming a mother—to her biological son, and to her daughter, adopted from Guatemala—that led her to search for customs to incorporate into her family's life.

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[Book Review] Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families

In Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families, Patricia Irwin Johnston tackles the tough questions prospective parents must ask before deciding whether adoption is right for them. Read the full review, here.

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Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees by Rhona Roorda

[Book Review] In Their Parents’ Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees

In this sequel to In Their Own Voices, by Rita J. Simon and Rhonda Roorda, we meet the parents of transracial adoptees, and hear firsthand what it was like raising children across racial and cultural lines.

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Book Review: The Connected Child

[Book Review] The Connected Child

An adoptive parent reviews The Connected Child by Drs. Purvis and Cross, a book about helping children overcome early trauma.

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[Book Review] Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited

A memoir coauthored by reunited twins explores essential questions of identity.

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[Book Review] Families Change

It can be hard for adoptive parents to know where to start explaining what led to a placement. Families Change gives them simple, direct language.

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Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control

[Book Review] Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control

Being consistent with consequences came naturally to me when I became a parent—it seemed to be the logical, appropriate way to discipline children. So I was resistant as soon as I heard the title of this book, Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control.

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Find adoption information in the encyclopedia of adoption

[Book Review] The Encyclopedia of Adoption, third edition

This reference volume is jam-packed with all of the adoption information you could want, plus more! There are more than 400 concise subject entries that range from assisted reproductive technology to open adoption to zero population growth.

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Building the Bonds of Attachment: Book Review

[Book Review] Building the Bonds of Attachment

"Before, I'd had a tendency to give in to my daughter, but my concessions were making her more anxious, not less." This mom recommends this book to every adoptive parent.

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[Book Review] A Parent’s Guide to Developmental Delays

In A Parent's Guide to Developmental Delays, Laurie LeComer, M. Ed., offers clear descriptions of cognitive, speech and language, social and emotional, motor, and sensory integration disorders.

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[Book Review] Adoption Parenting

Susan Freivalds reviews Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections, a compilation of advice for adoptive parents from over 100 contributors.

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4 Books for Expecting Dads

Many parenting books ignore expecting dads, and relegate their responsibilities to a parenthetical comment. Fortunately, several assume that fathers are involved with their children. Here are four of the best.

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[Book Review] Families

Kay Marner reviews Families, a book by Susan Kuklin, that captures the diversity of American families in photo-essay form.

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Combating Bullying with Books

Children's literature can be particularly helpful in opening up conversations on difficult topics. An adoptive mom reviews four books about bullying.

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The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

[Book Review] The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

An adoptive mom and teacher reviews The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, a book about how parents and teachers can recognize and help break the cycle of bullying.

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[Book Review] When Race Becomes Real

Sarah Marxer, an adoptive mom, reviews a collection of essays written by white and African American authors about how they experience race in society.

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[Book Review] Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens

Originally conceived and written as a guide for therapists working with adopted adolescents, Beneath the Mask is a valuable resource for parents.

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