One year after my daughter came to live with me from foster care, the memory was still too bittersweet for her. But today, two years after becoming mother and daughter, we are ready to celebrate.
When I bought the ornament, I imagined hanging it on the tree with the child I was carrying. But after I miscarried, I packed it away for years.
We had known about this tooth for many years, before we even met our daughter.
The uncharted journey of our first Christmas together etched a road of new, heart-warming traditions.
A prospective adoptive parent shares her feelings of sadness as the holidays approach while waiting to adopt. Parents who have been there offer advice.
We've been discussing family traditions lately. The other night at dinner, our 10-year-old, Yakob, said, "You know, we should have family movie night. We could each pick a movie to watch."
Parents share their experiences of celebrating the holidays while still waiting for their adoptions to be finalized.
What do you do when your three-year-old announces that he doesn't like the new socks your mother gave him as a gift? Or he's too busy devouring a cookie to show his appreciation for it?;
Tradition and ritual, especially during the holidays, signal security and family pride. And if you get creative, they just might reflect your distinct personalities, too.
We asked the Adoptive Families Reader Panel: How do you integrate your child's culture of origin and/or adoption story into your family's holiday rituals?
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When Megan was born, her birth mother, Kendra, planted a tree in her backyard. Every year on Megan's birthday, Kendra decorates the tree and sends photos of it to Megan, in honor of their special bond.
To the birth mother of my three children through adoption, wherever you are, I say thank you for allowing me to be their "other" mommy.
Family rituals take on new meaning when we adopt a baby.
A simple ceremony with flowers and candles helped my children celebrate their love for two mothers.
In an open adoption, what do you give to the person who means everything to you? Thoughts from a birth mom about the gifts that mean the most.
We knew it was possible for the girl we were fostering to be reunited with her birth mother. But that didn't make it hurt any less.
It's normal to think about your child's birth family during the holidays. What should you share in a holiday letter?