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25
Jun

My Lessons Learned About International Adoption

During my time here at MLJ Adoptions I’ve grown significantly bo...
24
May

We Can Do Hard Things!

A good friend and colleague of mine has a sign in her office that says, “...
30
Apr

Using All Five Senses to Calm Down

If...

4
Apr

Can I Adopt Internationally if I have a Mental Health Disorder?

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3
Jan

Helping Your Child Overcome A Fear of Dogs

One question I always ask parents who have pets in their home during their home study visit is, “What will you do if your child has a fear of dogs?” For many, this is a question they haven’t quite thought about, but I...
4
Dec

Self-Soothing Behaviors

In orphanages or foster care, m...
27
Nov

Empowering your Child to Answer Tough Questions about Adoption

“Why don’t you look like your mom and dad?” “Wher...
16
Oct

Alternatives to Traditional Discipline

Traditional parenting techniques are not always effective when...
12
Jul

Qualities of a Successful Adoptive Parent

DSC_1232When considering adoption, parents generally take time to con...
28
Jun

Playing Games to Strengthen Attachment

Playing games as a family helps us build attachment with our children.
16
May

The Benefits of a Post-Adoption Visit

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8
Mar

What are Post Adoption/Post Placement Reports?

post adoptionAfter your child joins your family through adoption...
25
Jan

Four Reasons to Attend “Empowered to Connect”

empowered to connectWhether you’re in the process of adopting, have a...
11
Jan

Finding Help for Your Adopted Child through EMDR

Imagine that you’ve finally completed your adop...
6
Dec

Rocking Your Way to Closer Attachment

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30
Nov

Dealing- and Playing- with Sensory Processing Disorder

If your kids are anything like mine they like to run, jump, climb and play HARD. We have sports equipment for nearly every sport (even lacrosse!), bikes, roller blades, pogo sticks, skateboards, hula hoops, a swing se...
21
Nov

Imus, Umus and Other Ways to Incorporate Birth Culture

birth cultureWhile attending a luau in Hawaii, I heard a...
26
Sep

Ten Tips for Surviving the “Trenches” in Adoption

After about a year, I feel like my family is finally out of the adoption “trenches.” Sure, there are days when we’ve fallen back in, but for the most part we feel like we’ve made it up and out. There will continue to ...
8
Sep

How Snapchat Saved Our Summer

Snapchat 1Most of you have probably heard of Snapchat. If not, you’ve been m...
29
Aug

Mantras for Connected Parenting

One thing I’ve learned in parenting is that yelling is not effective. Yelling at my children creates fear and sends them into fight-or-flight mode. However, staying calm and not yelling when you walk into your daughte...
10
Aug

Back-to-School Tips for Adoptive Parents

AIMG_2267s I prepare to send my kids back to school, I’m mentally maki...
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