Dear President Obama: What About Parents Who Stay Home?

[Editor's Note: This post has been updated as of 2:15 pm CT 1/22/2014. The author would like to clarify that she is not asking for a childcare tax credit for parents that stay at home. She believes increasing the dependent deduction by $3,000 instead would benefit more families in America.] So I watched the State of the Union address last night with my husband. It is a miracle I made it over half of the way through as most years I bail after 10 minutes....more
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My Lesser Parenthood

Number 4 Arrives   ...more

Adoption = Forgiveness with a Side of Chocolate

Our daughter harbors heartbreaking, heart-aching, anger toward her birth mother.Thanks to a fun little disorder called RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder, not the cool 80’s “rad”), most of that rage is directed at me. One of RAD’s hallmarks is misdirection of anger toward the person who most closely represents the individual who caused pain. Most children with RAD aren’t aware of what’s happening; it’s not intentional, and it’s important for the “target” to understand that most of the child’s behavior is not a personal attack....more

Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies

Who in their right mind would drive farther than several hours with four children in a 15-year-old Eurovan when airfare costs the same and is so much  faster?Us. Our family. That’s who....more

The birds and the bees talk continues

I did blush, well internally for sure.  You see there was never any talk about our bodies and what they do when I was growing up.  My mother signed the permission slip for first, the film strip in 4th grade, and then the movie in 5th grade about puberty and all that goes along with that.  When I got home after each event, she asked if I had any questions.  Yep that was the extent of my learning about my body and what it could do as a girl and woman....more

The cat's among the pixies now

Hallie's pen and ink tribute to Padfoot as drawn through her tears while listening to The Order of the Phoenix...more

PHOTOS: Why We Walked the Walk and Marched for Justice

The way I see it, we have two options in wake of the national news: to talk to our children about police brutality or not. And if we tell them, which I hope we all do, we can go one step further and put our words into action. ...more
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Parenting Another Woman's Child

One of the things that haunts me most as an adoptive mother is the knowledge that these children I am blessed with were first loved by someone else. They were originally someone else's child. Someone out there shares my same love.

A surprise on my doorstep

Yesterday was my birthday and you knew that right? It’s not like I’ve been keeping it a secret LOL! The day was spent in my favorite way with my family doing family stuff and sneaking in some house stuff.  Curtains hung as we continue to settle into our home after more than a year....more