A Mother’s Quest For A Freedom Flight

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By Meika Rouda I don’t usually like to celebrate my birthday. I don’t know why it is such a big deal, it is just another day. And since I eat cake more often than I should and shop diligently online late at night when no one is watching, I don’t need extra calories or presents. […]

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Single Dad ISO Puke Bucket

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By Hamid Newberry The boys woke at their mom’s house Easter morning, and after diving into their Easter baskets full of toys and candy, I picked them up at noon. This was my first holiday experience since my wife and I separated, so I got to feel the strangeness that comes with two separate celebrations […]

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Travel Guilt

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By Jillian Lauren Yeah, I’m gonna talk about that tired old subject: being a working mom… I was in upstate NY last weekend for the Woodstock Writers Festival, which was an absolute delight (Thanks, Martha Frankel! And for the photo, Kevin Buso). Compared to many moms I know, I go out of town on business […]

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7 Days Of Sex

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By: Michelle Villemarie You’re too focused on the kids,” our therapist announced. “You need to reconnect with one another.” She was right. Lately our marriage had felt more like a business partnership than a romantic relationship. I tried to remember when we’d had our last date. When we’d last done the deed. It had been […]

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Why I Sing Loudly At Whole Foods

How to deal with tantrums in public places

By Jillian Lauren “She used to sing musical theater loud in the grocery store,” said Scott, when we and the other people in our foster parent training were talking about what sort of strategies we might use to address public tantrums. “I did?” I asked. “Don’t you remember that?” he seemed shocked. “Oh yeah, I […]

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What It Means To Our 10 Year Old To Be Transgender

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By Lisa Keating Six months ago, our ten year old began to identify as transgender. This after spending years trying to explain it and find a way to fit in at school and society at large. I’ve written extensively on this process and our experiences, as a family with the intention to give a voice […]

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Unplugging While Throwing A Birthday Party

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By Jillian Lauren My little man turned seven Friday. Add your own cliche about time here. It’ll be true. It’s all true. These milestones never fail to blow me away. Here’s a belated birthday party picture dump, because I was (supposedly) observing the National Day of Unplugging while throwing a party for 80 people. Why […]

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No School? Over 60 Things To Do At Home With Sick Kids

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By Carrie Goldman Presenting Portrait of an Adoption’s most amazing list of activities to do at home with sick kids.  Thank you to all my awesome readers who sent in their favorite ways to comfort and entertain sick kiddos. Here are over 60 fun ideas for you. Enjoy! Listen to audio books while cuddled under […]

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Our Experience With Foster Care/Adoption Training

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By Jillian Lauren Scott and I spent the last two weekends getting our foster care training certificate through a private agency called Five Acres. The Five Acres mission is to provide safety, well-being and permanency to children and families in crisis. We were inspired in part by the journey of our friends Shawna Kenney and […]

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