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Which baby gift registry is best? Our readers share

“Which Baby Gift Registry is Best?”

“Which Baby Gift Registry is Best?”

Readers share their registry experiences—and tell us which companies have adoption-friendly options.

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“Anniversary”

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.

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Creating New Holiday Traditions with Your Adopted Kids

“We’ve Always Done It That Way”

The uncharted journey of our first Christmas together etched a road of new, heart-warming traditions.

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Family Traditions

Music Is Our Family Tradition

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."

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Parent-to-Parent: Celebrating the Holidays While Waiting for Your Child

Parents share their experiences of celebrating the holidays while still waiting for their adoptions to be finalized.

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Teaching Kids Manners

Teaching Kids to Say Thanks

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?;

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Chicken Feet for Thanksgiving

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.

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Family Holiday Traditions

Share Your Story: Holiday Traditions

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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Emotional Regulation

Teaching Emotional Regulation to Preschoolers

Little ones can be overwhelmed by excitement during the holidays. Here's how to help your preschooler regulate her emotions.

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Surviving the Holidays After Adopting a Baby

Surviving the Holidays After Adopting

The arrival of a new baby during the holiday time can be overwhelming for new parents—here's how to have a sane season.

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Megan's Birthday Tree

[Book Review] Megan’s Birthday Tree

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.

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This family remembers birth mothers on Mother's Day

“A Mother’s Day Not About Me”

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.

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One adoptive mom describes her family's tradition for honoring birth mothers on Mother's Day.

A Mother’s Day Ritual

A simple ceremony with flowers and candles helped my children celebrate their love for two mothers.

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Our guide to giving holiday gifts that maintain a birth parent connection.

“Gifts to and from My Child’s Adoptive Family”

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.

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Stockings for daughter reunited with birth mother

“A Stocking Filled with Memories of our Foster Child”

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.

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