Tag Archives: Single Parenting

My daughter's connection with her adoptive grandmother

“My Mother’s Ring”

“My Mother’s Ring”

This heirloom bridges the past with the future, connecting my daughter to our family in profound, unexpected ways.

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Being a single mother can be scary, but this mother overcame her fears

“Pushing Past My Fears to Become a Single Mother”

A recent "adventure vacation" I took with my daughter brought back memories of the scariest leap of all — becoming a single mom.

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Communicating bad news to the birth family can be difficult

Breaking Bad News: “I Have Something to Tell You”

How do you break bad news about job loss, illness, or divorce to the birth parents in an open adoption relationship?

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Using Fantasy Play to Deal with Adoption Issues

“The Therapeutic Value of Playing Our Adoption Game”

My daughter was two when I first met her at the orphanage in Russia. I knew nothing about the first years of her life, and she has no conscious memories of that time—but an elaborate fantasy life that she cultivated gave me a glimpse into how she may have experienced her early years.

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My life changed forever when I decided to adopt a Chinese baby

“Helpless Love”

There is an irrevocable moment when you become a parent, an instant when the idea of your child enters your heart forever.

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Adopting as an older parent has its challenges

“Old Bones”

I've reached a point in life where both my young daughter and my aging mother depend on me. Can I afford to be fragile?

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Single parents must figure out a strong balance

Making a Life for Two

Looking back at her sometimes difficult transition to family life, a mom describes learning to take care of herself as well as her daughter.

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Single parent adoption can create loving families

“Until the Real Thing Comes Along”

After adopting in mid-life, I found I welcomed the role of single parent. Perhaps this is because I can deal only with one big relationship at a time, and my daughter takes up all the room.

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Foster care can lead to permanent adoption

“Changing My Name to Mom”

As she prepares for the adoption of her third child, the author knows it is not just she who must be ready, but also the 9-year-old girl she's fallen in love with.

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Nontraditional families are thriving

New Family Values

As more singles and gay and lesbian couples are becoming parents by way of adoption, their children may face questions from their schoolmates or tough class projects. Here's how families thrive.

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