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Adoptee

My story: Kevin Engle

As some will notice, I took time away from writing about adoption. The reasons are varied, and I will share them slowly over next few weeks. Today, however, I have something a little different for you.

One of the joys of stablishing this blog is...
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parenting

Support: You Can’t Parent Without It

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

I’ve started going to restorative yoga classes once a week. These classes are basically like naptime, but stretchier. Our teacher’s primary instruction is to “get as comfortable as you can in each pose,” and she teaches us how to use cushions, yoga blocks, blankets, and straps to do just that.

We were in the middle of a gentle twist last night when she said, “If...
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General

Remembering and Talking to Our Children About 9/11


My daughters, who are 7 and 8 years old, learned about 9/11 this past summer.

I wasn’t intending to talk about it just then, but it was a plot point in a book we were reading, and so we discussed it.

The girls learned that 16 years ago, bad men flew planes into buildings and a lot of people died. They learned that yes, Mommy and Daddy were alive when...
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Mindfulness

The Gift of the Good Enough Mother


“I am not OK with being with a good enough mother. I work too hard to settle for that.”

One of my closest friends (and one of the most devoted mothers I know) said those words to me a couple of years ago, and I’ve never forgotten them. On a personal level, I was heartbroken to realize that my friend was putting that much pressure on herself. On a professional level, I was saddened to...
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