Our Mitten Move

We love us some Michigan vacations.  It’s the week we look forward to most each year – renting a lake house with family, digging in the sand, dodging the mosquitoes with incessant incest repellent, swimming out to the sand bar, picking blueberries,...

When Consequences Don’t Work

Many basic parenting techniques reflect a consequence and rewards system for behavior.  Johnny didn’t get ready for school in time and played with his chickens instead of eating breakfast.  You know, every day situations like this one.  Because of Johnny’s...

None of This is Tidy

Whether the misguiding was the fault of the people we trusted to lead us or our own for not digging and researching and reading and asking, it doesn’t matter.  11 years ago, when we decided to start our family through adoption, we knew nothing.  We were babies...

On the Subject of Dreaming

If you’re a parent, specifically a special needs or adoptive/foster parent, do you remember what it feels like to have dreams?  Not dreams for your kids.  Dreams for yourself.  YOU.  Remember her or him? Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true...