We’ve all seen it. You are in line at the grocery store and someone’s child is having a meltdown right there in the aisle. The howls, the tears, the frazzled parent just trying to pick up food for dinner. We’ve all thought to ourselves, “Whoa, glad that isn’t me!” Some of us add, “At least […]
A couple of years ago, on a crisp and sunny October day, I left my office for a lunch break and drove to a local cafe. Many students waited in line and filled the outdoor tables. As I walked in, an attractive young woman, who appeared to be about 17, approached me. She wore fashionable distressed skinny […]
Fall is here and it will soon be time to dress up and get candy. I hear children ask each other all year long, “What are you going to be for Halloween?” It can be an exciting and fun event, but it can also be scary and overwhelming. Like many things, Halloween may be more […]
We were designed to move! That’s why the importance of physical activity for children cannot be overstated in the 21st century. Physical exercise and activity is essential for children. The earlier they start, the healthier and more capable they will be in all aspects of their education and life. The research and evidence is incontrovertible. […]
Innocent until proven guilty by a jury of one’s peers. This is the basis of our criminal justice system, an appropriate and just forum when guilt is questioned. Often missing from this equation, however, is true accountability, especially in the juvenile court system. We are taught not to admit guilt in this system, which results […]
When we learned that we were going to be having a child, we knew immediately that it would be important to for us to expose him to nature and the outdoors as much as possible. But we also knew that might be a challenge. It could be difficult to deal with adverse weather, diaper changes […]
Jennifer Volem, a parenting educator with Parenting Now!, asked parents in several Wonderful ONEs® groups to share the titles of their favorite books from their childhoods. First group: Corduroy I Am a Bunny Baby Listens Baby Face books Camping Spree with Mr. McGee The Foot Book Put Me in the Zoo Tadpole Rex Forest Friends The Little […]
My children love hearing the stories of my childhood, including tales about answering machines and chatting with friends on a phone connected to a wall. Gasp! Today, we live in a different world; social media means people, places and things are available at a swipe of a finger. For parents, it can feel overwhelming – […]
When children enter group settings, such as play groups, daycares, preschools and schools, they are exposed to many common germs. Reducing their risk of infection requires that teachers, parents and caregivers know the myths and facts of infection control.
On-going contact provides birth parents with the reassurance that their child is thriving in the adoptive home. This helps them feel at peace with their decision. Knowing that the birth parents fully support the adoption, the adoptive parents feel secure in welcoming the birth parents into their lives.
In reality, how does it work? We asked the birth mother and adoptive parents of Carly to talk about the experience of going through an open adoption. Michele, the adoptive mother, says, “It was always my expectation to have as open a relationship as possible.”