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