There is this flooding mix of emotions when you start to watch your child, realizing that she isn't all yours.
It takes a special person to have the ability to open up their home to a child who they don't even know and make the commitment to care for and look after this child as their own, realizing that where they came from is not as important as where they are going.
May is Foster Care Month. This was something that didnt make it onto my radar before, but now that I am an adoptive parent, I find myself chatting with many parents who are foster parents presently or have adopted through the foster care system.
Mom’s relationship with stepmom is a tricky one, at best. Very rarely is everyone all Bruce, Demi and Ashton about the business of combining families. So maybe if you stole some woman’s guy and then married him maybe you should be keeping your breast milk to yourself. Just a suggestion. Or, if you’re ever the […]
My parents divorced when I was seven years old and — other than bringing my sister and I into this world — it is the single greatest thing they ever did for us as a married couple. And they did do it for us as much as for themselves. That is as clear to me […]
I read a fascinating profile of a unique familial arrangement in the Washington Post this weekend. It told the story of Page and Robert Melton of Richmond, VA, who were married and had two children. In 2003, Robert suffered a massive heart attack when his daughters were only 3 years and 19 months. His brain […]
Amongst all of the ruckus of last weekend, it was also Thanksgiving over here in Canada. After a full day of selling and shmoozing, I arrived at my mom’s to be presented with the most delicious spread of fall harvest food dishes, brined turkey and pies — one could ever imagine or hope for. We […]
Do children of divorce grow up to have happier marriages than their parents? That’s the argument the Wall Street Journal is making this week. In an article on kids and divorce, they say that new research suggests kids whose parents split up may have happier marriages as adults. They give two reasons for this. First, […]
I owe my very life to death. Were it not for two heartbreaking tragedies, one of which happened in the blink of an eye, the other over the span of several years, I wouldn’t be alive today. See, my parents both had spouses who predeceased them, transforming each into young widows with two small children. My […]
Your image of the typical American family probably includes just two parents: one mom and one dad, raising 2 kids behind a white picket fence. We all know the truth is more complex than that. In addition to all the gay, lesbian and transgender parents, single parents and other alternative family structures, there are many […]
Spring break conjures up images of bikini-clad students doing body shots far from their parents watchful eyes. At my house, though, it’s family time. My stepson lives most of the year in Colorado with his mom, and spring break is one of the few times he’s at home with us. It wasn’t always like this. […]
Just a couple of days after they professed their “unconditional and all-encompassing” love to readers of the Vows column in The New York Times, at least half of a scandal-ridden couple is having second thoughts (presumably about the column, not the love). Carol Anne Riddell and John Patilla decided the story of how they met […]
The Vows column in yesterday’s New York Times Styles section started off benignly enough: “What happens when love comes at the wrong time?” it asked. The answer is the story that led Carol Anne Riddell and John Partilla to exchange marital vows recently in a clerk’s office. It wasn’t a splashy or spectacular wedding, but […]