It’s Not About You
In 2015, in conjunction with Entourage Publishing, I organized a wonderful group of adoption therapists, adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents to write It’s Not About You: Understanding Adoptee Search, Reunion & Open Adoption.
I was honored to be asked to contribute to Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues (2014) as the only contributing author who is not also an adoptee.
Therapeutic Workbooks for Kids
When I stumbled across an old project I created for a client called “The Bully Book”, I sought the guidance of Entourage Publishing regarding best practices to make an e-book or a downloadable PDF so more kids could benefit from what we had created; I was surprised that not only did she want to publish The Bully Book: A Workbook for Kids Coping with Bullies (2016) as an e-book and a paperback, but that she also wanted me to create a series of therapeutic workbooks for kids.
Additional Written Works
In addition to these books, I have been blogging for various platforms since 2008 when I was hired as the Mental Health Expert Contributor by DietsInReview, which was named one of the Top 50 Healthy Bloggers by Mamavation in 2013. I have also been published by MSNBC, Today, TraineoPLUS, Current.com, Reuters.com, the Chicago Sun Times, the International Business Times, Health Bubble, Yahoo Buzz, Adoption Today, Expert Beacon, iVillage, and more.
Birthmother’s day, traditionally the Saturday before Mother’s Day, started in 1990. Some adoptive families like to dedicate this day to the first mother, while others like to celebrate both adoptive mothers and birthmothers on Mother’s Day. Truly, whatever works best for your family is probably the right answer, but recognizing and celebrating your child’s birthmother during the weekend will be beneficial to your child emotionally and your parent-child relationship.
Mother’s Day can often be a trigger for adoptees. As a single adoptive mother, I don’t expect gifts or pampering. Parenting kids with a history of trauma and/or loss, we have extra things to consider even with normal gift ideas. Here are some ways you can surprise the single foster or adoptive mamas in your community:
There is a lot of insecurity for a lot of people right now, but our children seem to be more secure than ever before. Maybe 2020 wasn’t all bad. My newest NYE tradition is thankfulness and reflection.
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