Behavior

Positive parenting = better behavior & happier kids

Positive parenting = better behavior & happier kids

By Lisa Finnegan Most adoptive parents will tell you that the first 6-12 months are among the most difficult; expect tantrums with lots of anger, perhaps even rage. Your child is frightened, may not be able to communicate and will test you on everything. Be firm but fair and eventually your child will learn he […]

By September 2, 2010 4 Comments Read More →
Staying creative during summer vacation

Staying creative during summer vacation

School has been out for more than a month here in France and while we’ve had a great summer, I’ve had to dig deep to find creative ways to keep my little one entertained. My daughter is 5 and we try to do at least 20-30 minutes of schoolwork every day. Of course, it is […]

By August 4, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Author Interview: Sensitive Sam’s Marla Roth-Fisch

Author Interview: Sensitive Sam’s Marla Roth-Fisch

By  Danette M. Schott, S-O-S Research (reprinted with permission) We have all experienced our senses being on overload at one time or another. Although I love Bon Jovi, I wish I had brought ear plugs to his last concert. If I forget my sunglasses, I feel like I am a walking vampire being exposed to […]

By August 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
S-O-S Research: Help for your special needs children

S-O-S Research: Help for your special needs children

Danette M. Schott knew her life would never be the same when she met her daughter in Russia. At 18 months she weighed 14 pounds, didn’t like to be held or touched and couldn’t maintain eye contact. She describes the initial meeting on her website this way: “She was not the healthy, almost walking toddler […]

By July 19, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Mistaken for the Nanny

Mistaken for the Nanny

I thought this was an interesting Harper’s Bazaar article and wanted to share it. The writer is an Indian American who has a biological mixed race baby that does not share her color (she is brown, her baby is white). I love how she learned through the process of trial and error how to be […]

By July 16, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Every parent’s nightmare

Every parent’s nightmare

Sherrie Cramer breaks into stifled sobs as she nears the dirt-streaked former orphanage in China where her daughter lived as a severely malnourished infant. Once again, Cramer is fighting to keep the child she adopted alive. But this time, it’s a battle against leukemia, and the odds are not in her favor. Without a bone […]

By July 15, 2010 2 Comments Read More →
The Myth of the Forever Family: When Adoption Falls Apart

The Myth of the Forever Family: When Adoption Falls Apart

There is an excellent article in Brain Child Magazine about how some adoptions fail. While most are successful, it’s important that we acknowledge that there are times when sometimes they just don’t work. By Dawn Friedman When we adopted our daughter, Madison, six years ago, the judge was clear. Legally, adoption bound our daughter to […]

By June 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
When the Adopted Can’t Adapt

When the Adopted Can’t Adapt

There’s an excellent video to accompany this story about adopted children who have trouble adapting to their new lives. My favorite quote is from the adoptive parents of a girl who was adopted from Russia when she was 13. They wisely said, “if you are going to do this really see inside if you are […]

By June 1, 2010 3 Comments Read More →
Parenting and Adoption: Love and a Lot More

Parenting and Adoption: Love and a Lot More

An interesting piece about adoption from the Huffington Post. A New York Times article published in April entitled “In Some Adoptions, Love Doesn’t Conquer All” by Sarah Kershaw, has really got me asking: Just what does it take to be an adoptive parent? As an adoptive parent and therapist working with adoptive families, I can […]

By June 1, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Why Teenagers Can’t Concentrate

Why Teenagers Can’t Concentrate

Parents who despair over their teenagers’ lack of concentration in class, inability to sit still long enough to finish homework or plan ahead, should take solace. Their children are not being lazy or careless – they are hapless victims of neurobiology. New research has found that teenagers’ brains continue developing far longer into adulthood than […]

By May 19, 2010 0 Comments Read More →