1. Feeling Part of Extended Family

    Everyone on my mom’s side of the family has the same nose – the “Foster” nose. I always noticed this as a child, how similar they looked. Mostly, I think I noticed this because I did not look like them. I am Indian, they are of Polish descent. I was always very thankful to have my brother around – even though we are not biologically related, he was also adopted from India, so we looked s…Read More

  2. Talking About Birth Parents and Identity

    Talking with your child about his or her birth parents can be a delicate topic. You may know a lot about your child’s history, or nothing at all. You may feel grateful towards your child’s birth parents, or angry at them for putting your child through a difficult early life. You may experience feelings of insecurity when your child wants to learn more about them, or you may feel comfortable wi…Read More

  3. Talking to Your Child about Adoption

    As an adoptive parent, it may seem intimidating to talk to your child about being adopted. The good news is, your child ISN’T intimidated by this talk, and you don’t have to be either! When it comes to talking about adoption, it shouldn’t be “the conversation” – it should be an open and ongoing process throughout your child’s lifetime. Begin talking about adoption from the moment you…Read More

  4. Just Six Billion Peas in a Pod

    We often focus on one another’s differences, on the traits and behaviors we do not understand about someone else. This fuels bullying behaviors, often allowing a person to justify or rationalize judging or teasing another person. But how often do we stop to consider the similarities we all share as human beings? After all, we are certainly more alike than we are different, and this is the messag…Read More

  5. If It Is a Priority We Fix It

    We are a society of achievers. We strive to create, invent, solve and cure. We are always looking for ways to make things quicker and more efficient. Most of our efforts seem to have the same goal:  to make things “better.” So why is the problem of bullying still so prevalent, when the majority of us would agree that it is harmful and unnecessary? There are ribbons, walks, races and petitions…Read More

  6. I Have the POWER

    We’ve all been there – witnessing someone else’s unkindness in a bullying situation, feeling torn between staying safely but regretfully quiet, or putting ourselves in the line of fire by speaking up to help. You’re just one person, right? How can you make a difference? What’s a bystander to do? The truth is that bystanders have the most power when it comes to bullying situations. Even t…Read More

  7. All a Balancing Act

    Just as kids are trying to walk the tightrope between individuality and acceptance to avoid being bullied, parents too are trying to find the right balance between helping and hindering their kids when it comes to bullying. Some of the common mistakes that parents make include ignoring or dismissing the issue, forcing their child to talk about the problem, advising their child to “walk away and …Read More

  8. That Kid is TOO

    When it comes to bullying, the world is an unpredictable place. The reasons a child may be targeted by peers can vary considerably and change often. In fact, a child who is bullied for a particular reason in one school may be popular for that same reason in another school, because what is looked down upon in certain cultures and communities may be viewed as “cool” or respected in the next. Tak…Read More