A Bad Morning Doesn’t Have to Mean a Bad Day

March 23rd, 2009

Mondays are busy in my house. It is the one day a week that I work. This means I have to get ready as well as make sure the kids are ready and get my youngest to pre-school. I am not complaining mind you. I realize that my work schedule is very easy compared to most and I appreciate the fact that many parents do this run-around every day of the work week. It just is a fact that our Mondays are quite busy. Mondays also seem to be the day that a child gets ill, the tire goes flat or a blow up or meltdown happens. I often wonder if all of this occurs because my stress level is… [more]

Bonding With Your Older Child – Part 1

February 1st, 2009

Breastfeeding, skin-to-skin [contact], bathing, holding the child close in a sling and fulfilling their needs in a quick effective manner are a few ways that I bonded and got to know my bio daughters. In the same way hubby would lay on the couch watching TV with Meg or Elle laying on his chest or have them in a carrier and take them for hikes. When preparing for Mita and Enu I tried to take the basic principles from the above actions and come up with ways to bond with my six and eight year old. The following is a list of five active ways to help with attachment and bonding that work for us. Another five ideas will be in tomorrow's post. 1) Touch. The… [more]

Are You Ready to Adopt an Older Child?

January 17th, 2009

Outside of the adoption world when you mention adopting a child, most people picture a new baby. However, many of us have chosen to adopt children above the age of two. We do so for many reasons. Some of us don’t want to do the “baby thing” again as childcare may be hard to find for infants. There is also a tremendous need for older child adoptions and that tugs at our hearts. Here are some things to consider when adopting an older child or children. These are thoughts and observations I have had in my experience. There are many ways to bond with older kids! You may find yourself feeding an older child a few bites off your plate or cuddling him like an infant… [more]

The Adoption Guide

September 21st, 2006
Categories: Helpful Web Links

Well everyone there is a new web site called: The Adoption Buide. It covers China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Philippines, Russia and The United State. It gives you information on The Options, The Process, The Costs and some good Advice along with some Parent areas. The Adoption Guide on How To Adopt has over 160 pages of how to adopt information. They offer local information for your own state. They focus on the Top Issues of Adoption. I found some good information there for the novice who is looking into adoption for the very first time. It includes good reading material and questions that every adoptive parent has asked themselves at one time or another. I always suggest that people who are looking into adoption for the very first time… [more]

Children’s Books and A Club For The Whole Family

September 13th, 2006
Categories: Helpful Web Links

If you love to read and would like to promote reading as a way of life for your family. There are some really cool book clubs that you may wish to check out and join. One of my favorite book clubs is DoubleDay Book Club You can locate them at: https://secure.www.doubledaybookclub.com/doc/homepage.jhtml;jsessionid=P5Y5I5YNWMNPACTI4EKCFEY?_requestid=64466 Right now they offer you six books for .99 cents. It is a great way to get started and you can order books for everyone in your family. They have an excellent section of books for children. I recently ordered "Where The Side Walk Ends" for my daughter. I also got a few for me. It is a great idea for gift giving. Inspiring a child to read is a… [more]

Children’s Health & Vitamin Supplements

August 19th, 2006
Categories: Helpful Web Links

As summer ends and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. You might want to consider putting your child on a vitamin supplement if you have not already done so. We know that learning takes brain power and starting the day off with a healthy breakfast is also important. However we know that sometimes the kids end up getting up late and running off without proper nutritional foods. Thank goodness the schools have been great in offering breakfast and lunch for many of our kids. At a very reasonable cost. But if your kids are like mine. That still does not mean they will take the time and eat the food. So I think vitamins are important. One… [more]

Health Smart Recipes For Kids Will Illness

July 28th, 2006
Categories: Helpful Web Links

Here I go raving about Kids Health. Com again. I found this fantastic recipe section. That gives quick and easy recipes for the whole family. What I loved most is that it gives recipes for kids who have different diseases like: Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes or a vegetarian menu. That really made me happy to see this. It will help parents and children alike who need to learn to cook and eat healthy in order to control their general health. What a cool idea. As you can tell I really love the Kids Health web site. I think every parent should check it out and see what they have listed on there that might enhance your general knowledge about… [more]

What Do You Get When You Dial 1-800-Adoption?

July 25th, 2006
Categories: Helpful Web Links

What do you get when you dial 1-800-Adoption? Well it is the American Adoption Agency's 24 hour hotline. They can put you on the right track for Domestic Adoption. They are an agency that supports the adoption of American children. They have a list of why to choose Domestic Adoption. Domestic Adoption - Why should you choose American Adoptions? Average wait under 9 months Is involved in over 300 domestic adoptions each year Safe and confidential adoption services Large qualified staff Fully licensed non-profit domestic adoption agency They include successful adoption stories from families who have gone through their agency and have cared enough to want their personal experience shared with others. They recruit young pregnant women who are looking to place their child up for adoption and offer them support and help… [more]

Helpful Related Web Links

July 20th, 2006
Categories: Helpful Web Links

I thought it might be helpful to share with our readers some of the other web sites that I sometimes brows around and find helpful information. I invite you to check these other sites out and catch up on some of the other helpful information that you may find useful. http://www.adoptionblogs.com/ http://forums.adoption.com/forumdisplay.php?f=475 http://older-child.adoption.com/ http://www.adopting.org/adoptions/older-child-adoption-toddler-adoption.html http://www.adoptionsearch.com/adoptive-families/summer-camps/ http://www.adopting.org/ http://adopting.adoption.com/ http://adopting.adoption.com/adopt/getting-started-with-adoption.html * Feel free to leave any other good source you might find helpful in a comment and we will make sure it gets added to our list. Thank You, Sharlene…