Preparing For Your New Addition
Parenting? Now where is it you take that class? Did I miss something? Where's the owner's manual for this child?
Yes.... The most important job you will ever have is the job we are least prepared for. Some of it is intuition (Oh, I hope I have that one!). You learn "parenting" by how you were parented, be it good or bad....and by LEARNING MORE!
Things to Think About
Childproofing your home
Safetynet by Lojack (for tracking people that run/wander)
Daily Baby Diapers - Buy daily baby diapers online,
Huggies diapers for babies and
Stork Drop Delivery Service - Diapers, wipes, baby food & formula and other baby products - Program your monthly delivery and relax and know you will never run out again!
Difficult Children / Troubled Teens
Nutrition of Infants/Children (formula, vitamins, iron, how often to feed, etc.)
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Taking Care of Yourself
(see also our Online Seminar book list)
Adopting and Advocating for Special Needs Children, by Rita Laws
Adoption the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Kids, by Gregory C. Keck & Regina M. Kupecky
Boundaries with Kids, by
The Dance of Adoption, by Holly VanGulden & Charlotte Vick (link to order form)
From Play Pens to Proving Grounds, by
How to Raise an Adopted Child : A Guide to Help Your Child Flourish from Infancy Through Adolescence, by Judith Schaffer, Christina Lindstrom
Keys to Parenting an Adopted Child (Barron's Parenting Keys), by Kathy Lancaster
Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles, by
Love & Logic series
Raising Your Adopted Daughters & Sons Making Sense of Adoption: A Parent's Guide, by Lois Ruskai Melina
Real Parents, Real Children, Parenting the Adopted Child, by Holly Van Gulden, Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb
Single Parent Adoption & Parenting Handbook for Single Adoptive Parents, by Hope Marindin (Editor)
Adopting Older Children | Adoption Plan/Contract | Adoptive Breastfeeding | After Adoption | Appropriate Adoption Language | Are We Ready to Adopt? | Attachment Issues | Books on Adoption | Choosing an Agency/Facilitator/Attorney | Creating a Family Website | Cross-Culture Adoption | Developing a Dear Birthmother Letter/Website | Developing a Relationship with your Child's Birthparents | Fostercare | ICPC | Internet Guidelines | Parenting | Placement Risk Factors | Preparing For A Homestudy | Subsidies | Transracial Adoption | Verifying / Interviewing Birthmothers