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Links You’ll Like

Encouragement.  Practical advice.  Reminders of what you already know.

We hope these adoption links provide you with all of those things!

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Dear Parent With A Second Bed in Your Room: You’re Doing the Right Thing
@Confessions of an Adoptive Parent
“When we first got married we swore up and down that our children would never sleep in our room, let alone enter unannounced. Then we adopted children from traumatic places and our iron-clad rule washed away like sidewalk chalk in a rainstorm.”

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6 Things I’ve Learned in My Journey to Attach
@No Hands But Ours
“I think about two months after we got home, things started to get really hard for me. That’s when the casseroles and honeymoon ended, and when I felt like a glorified babysitter. When taking a hard look at her delays, I found myself asking a lot of scary “what ifs” and feeling at the end of my rope every.single.day.”

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The Struggle to Reach Normal After An Adoption
@Focus on the Family
“The unfortunate truth is that the pain and difficulty associated with a child’s past, and how a family must face it, are rarely discussed. There is shame involved, and that shame leads to isolation and silence — the opposite of God’s plan for our lives.   I think John and I felt pressure to act as though everything were fine. Somehow we felt these emotional struggles indicated that we’d lost faith. Looking back, we know that this kind of thinking wasn’t true, but it sure felt true at the time.”

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The Big Mad
@Thankful Moms
“A really mad (and not wanting to admit it, really sad) boy holding his head in his hands, turning his body away from me, his whole frame a picture of anguish.  He started yelling at me… Moments like these leave me completely empty and inept.  What do I say?  All of my words fall flat.  But the book of James tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all.”  Fortunately for me, He remembers to give wisdom even when I forget to ask.”

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How to Talk to Teachers About Adoption-Related Issues
@Rage Against the Minivan
How much to divulge about behaviors teachers should watch out for.

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14 Ways to Incorporate Birth Culture into Your Children’s Lives
@KidWorldCitizen.org
Simple ways to teach your children about their cultural heritage