Posts Tagged ‘bond’

Ordinary as Extraordinary (take 2)

April 15, 2010

Our 4 year old, Olivia, has been fighting pneumonia for about a week and a half now.  I won’t bore you with blow by blow details of a trip to the ER, two rounds of antibiotics, etc…  but I do want to take a moment to describe one of the side effects of her illness. (more…)


“EASE” into Parent Planning Step 2

April 6, 2010

One of the things that my husband and I did early on in our parenting experience (16 years ago) was attend a seminar put on by parents of post institutionalized children and the professional community that serves them.  We actually did it on a whim, or maybe I should say a gut feeling.

At the time, we were just becoming adjusted to life on one income instead of two.  We had just adopted our then 6 year old daughter from an orphanage in Russia, and I had just left my teaching job to stay home with her.  Flying off for a weekend stay in a hotel and paying fees to attend a seminar were not easy choices, and yet I was hungry to educate myself about how my child’s beginning in life might be affecting her. (more…)

Confessions of a Not So Perfect Parent…

March 31, 2010

Let’s talk for a moment about the ever elusive “perfect parent.” I think that many of us (especially we adoptive parents) feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility to be mistake free parents, perfect parents, super parents with a capital S on our shirts and a red cape flowing behind us!

It doesn’t surprise me that so many adoptive parents feel this way. (more…)

Ordinary as Extraordinary

March 13, 2010

One of the best things about my job is that it makes me especially conscious of my own parenting.  Doesn’t mean I always get it right or that I always like what I see, but I think I do think about daily things more than I might otherwise.  This morning when my 4-year-old O. woke up, it made me think about how ordinary events or habits can become extraordinary.   (more…)

Article on Attachment and Bonding

February 24, 2010

Laura Willard interviewed me for an article she was writing on attachment, bonding and adoption for an article on   Check it out!

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