Because Adoption, Because Attention Deficit Disorder, Because Absolutely Everything, Because Nothing

Over the past few years, the following things have been offered to us as possible "causes" for the behavioral problems we have experienced with our seven-year-old son, Harper. Most of the time the suggestions have been made in love, purely out of concern. Occasionally they have been "casually" dropped into a conversation in correction or judgement. Some are shoved down our throats via Facebook articles and blogs. ...more If you are interested in learning more about RAD, our family was ...more

Why Our Child's Open Adoption Isn't Crazy for Our Family

We have an open adoption. A lot of people think we are crazy. (We also think we are crazy, but for totally different reasons.) Actually, maintaining a relationship with our son's birth parents is one of the least crazy things we have ever done. When the alternative is withholding a relationship with people who created him, it seems insane to do anything else....more
We are also an open adoptive family with contact with our 2 children's birthmothers. It is ...more

Leaving My Family

I have a secret fear that one day I will snap and totally abandon my family. (Honey, if you are reading this - and you better be reading this - calm down, it's just a deep and irrational fear, I heart you and am not going anywhere. Hopefully my vow to stick around is good news.)...more
I think the best thing we can do as mothers and wives is to say out loud how we feel even ...more

I Don't Want My Kids to Be Popular

Lately, one of my daughters has been feeling a little left out at school. I struggle with a zillion concerns and challenges as a parent of five kids. I have endless goals and desires for all my kids, but having school-age girls is really bringing some specific challenges to light, especially as it relates to little girls. Here they are in alphabetical order just randomly thrown on the list: ...more
This is awesome! I agree with you, particularly on not being so uptight that they say "bowel ...more