Why Medicating Your Child Isn’t A Terrible Thing To Do

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By Meika Rouda No parent wants to drug their child. I really believe no one. While the media would have us think that American parents are all eagerly waiting on line to grab ADHD drugs or anxiety medication or anti depressants for their children, it just isn’t true. Medication is the last resort, when everything […]

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Unplugging While Throwing A Birthday Party

Unplugged and planning a party

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

What to do with kids on sick days

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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25 Ways to Annoy Your Tween

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By: Shannon Ralph My daughter called me a hypocrite today. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit that I was being a bit hypocritical at the time. But that’s my prerogative as a parent, right? These little creatures who have taken up residence in my home have already stolen my youth, my free […]

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To My Son On His Gotcha Day 2015

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By Jillian Lauren   It was T’s “Gotcha Day” last week, which is adoption-speak for the day we finally held him for the first time. I write him a letter every year, trying to preserve for him (and me) a snapshot of who he is at that moment in time. It has been six years. […]

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Fathers In Today’s Modern Family

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By Alexandra Temblador The commercials on Super Bowl Sunday of 2015 showed us what’s hot and interesting in the world right now: dads. With so many Super Bowl ads designed around fathers the message is clear: dads are taking on a new role in society. There are 70.1 million dads, according to the 2008 census, […]

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