by Shelly Bergeron As a parent of an older adoptee, we’re asked many questions. My husband and I became parents for a second time 2.5 years ago to a 14-year-old boy from China who grew up in an institution. We’re often asked “What’s it like to adopt a teenager?“ Well, first of all … it’s [...]
by Jon A. Bergeron, Jr., Ph.D. Most of us adoptive and foster parents are becoming more aware and informed about attachment and the impact this has on the developing child. This knowledge is crucial in understanding how our kids are wired if they have come from a past that includes trauma or neglect (even pre-natally).
The Friday night after Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the whole year. It is the holiday officially entitled, “The Night We Put Up the Christmas Tree.” My parents drive nearly 500 miles to see us. They say it is for Thanksgiving, but secretly we all know it is really to celebrate “The [...]
Last night my two-year-old, Alyssa, drew a picture of a house, and it made me think about how different this house—our house—would be without this girl. Without her giggles, without Barney the dinosaur, without playing jumping frog, without trips to the zoo. Zoo trips are one of my favorite outings because of the joy in [...]
Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is a little different. We’re pleased to bring you Jon A. Bergeron, Jr., Ph.D. who is the Director of Family Care at Hope For Orphans. As my first post on MomLife Today, I figured I should probably explain myself a little bit so that everyone can hopefully relax the eyebrows that were [...]
We knew baby Riley would probably be reunited with his birth family, but that did not stop us from falling in love with him. We loved that little boy with our hearts, souls, and minds. He became a part of our family. He came to us under-fed and with physical wounds–a hurting baby. Several months later, [...]