September 21, 2016

One of the areas in adoption literature that has always fascinated me is the development of identity and sense of self among adopted children. I find the topic of identity personal, and something that most of us can relate to.  You may never experience complex trauma, separation, or attachment difficulties, which many adopted children...

April 11, 2016

My last post discussed the use of play to deal with behavioural issues. The podcast featured Dr. Larry Cohen explaining how parents can use play-based activities to divert an unpleasant situation into a fun opportunity for child-parent interaction.


Let’s continue exploring this concept of the ‘play zone’ in relation to an important ad...

March 29, 2016

A good friend of mine recently told me that her three-year-old daughter, Allie, absolutely refused to get dressed that morning. I hear this story about once a week, and it is similar each time – Dad tries to get the kids dressed in the morning, the five-year-old cooperates, but Allie doesn't like her options and either refuses to put...

March 14, 2016

Jillian Lauren and her partner Scott adopted their son Tariku from Ethiopia in 2009. In 2011, Jillian shared her family’s adoption story and perspective on identity development at a Tedx Talk at Chapman University.


I have watched this Ted Talk more than a handful of times, and every time I am impressed by Jillian’s ability to relate t...

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