Sunday March 2, 2014
I love Dr. Seuss! Horton Hatches the Egg is my all time favorite Dr. Seuss book. Of course I also like The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham, but nothing gets to me like the character, Horton. Probably because he has such great character. When I read Horton Hatches the Egg I can't help but think of this as a perfect foster parenting story.
Horton takes care of an egg for a bird who is tired of sitting and waiting for the egg to hatch. She goes off and has a great time, while Horton sits on the egg through all kinds of weather and hardships. Then when all the hard work is over the bird comes back for the egg. When the egg hatches we see that the baby bird has some elephant features like Horton. He made a lasting impact on the baby bird. I love that.
Elizabeth Kennedy, About.com Children's Book Guide, says about Oh, the Places You'll Go, "It's an inspirational book that provides an uplifting sendoff in Dr. Seuss style for people entering a new phase in their lives, but Dr. Seuss also points out that there will be difficult times as well as good times." I think that this is an appropriate message for some children as they transition between foster homes or even into a new adoptive home.
There are about six Dr. Seuss books I'd recommend for foster or adoptive parents.
What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Which ones do you think are best for foster or adoptive children or parents?
Friday February 28, 2014
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Monday February 24, 2014
I love Downton Abbey. I started watching with Season 2 after reading so many of my friends going on and on about it on social media. I have loved the show ever since.
Season 4 brought us an adoption story line. Lady Edith becomes pregnant at the end of season 4 and is completely depressed and confused as to where to turn. She trusts her aunt with the news and was pretty much bullied into going away and placing the child informally with a couple in another country. Upon returning home, Lady Edith's sadness is noted by everyone in the home, including the staff.
I found myself very proud of Edith when she told Mary that maybe they needed to show their emotions more - which is very un-English. It was clear that she was having second thoughts and desperately wanted to take control of the situation.
Edith went back to Switzerland, retrieved her infant daughter and placed her with a farmer that lived near their home. She finally made a decision on her own. While still sad, it was clear that she found some peace with the new arrangement.
Did you watch the season finale of Downton Abbey? What were your thoughts on the adoption story line? I can't wait for season 5. It's never long enough for me.
Sunday February 23, 2014
This is one children's book that about makes me cry every time I read it. The illustrations are beautiful and capture a child's many emotions. The story itself is just as beautiful. Megan's Birthday Tree is about a child who is clearly bonded to her adoptive family and goes to them for reassurance and support, yet is grounded by a child's simple understanding of her history. This book demonstrates what an open adoption could do for a child's sense of identity.
If you have opened a closed adoption, especially a foster care adoption, click "comments" below and share your experiences or about your process.
So, what is open adoption to you? Are you part of an open adoption - either as a birth parent, an adoptive parent, or adoptee? Bring your experiences, good and bad to the forum and we'll all get a chance to see open adoption from a different perspective. The forum discussion has been on-going for a couple of years and has numerous posts. Check it out.