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.
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.
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.
An adoptive parent reviews The Connected Child by Drs. Purvis and Cross, a book about helping children overcome early trauma.
Kids will love the message of this book celebrating African-American hair.
A memoir coauthored by reunited twins explores essential questions of identity.
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.
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.
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.
Read AF's review of Growing Girls, a memoir about being a mom, adoption issues and all.
"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.
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.
Susan Freivalds reviews Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections, a compilation of advice for adoptive parents from over 100 contributors.
Rita Radositz reviews Ethiopia: A Question and Answer Book, an account of the country's history accessible to all ages.
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.
Kay Marner reviews Families, a book by Susan Kuklin, that captures the diversity of American families in photo-essay form.
Children's literature can be particularly helpful in opening up conversations on difficult topics. An adoptive mom reviews four books about bullying.
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.
Sarah Marxer, an adoptive mom, reviews a collection of essays written by white and African American authors about how they experience race in society.
Originally conceived and written as a guide for therapists working with adopted adolescents, Beneath the Mask is a valuable resource for parents.