There Are No Adoption Oddballs

When my wife and I started our adoption process, I felt like an oddball – an adoption misfit. You see, I didn’t fit into any of the preconceived groups of people who, I assumed, adopted. I had categorized the adoption community into three groups: (1) Couples dealing with infertility (2) The devoutly religious (3) Families … [Read more…]

Why I Lie To My Kids

If my son dreams of being a professional soccer player, should I tell him that he doesn’t have a chance? If my daughter claims to have heard the tooth fairy, should I correct her? When my kids write letters to Santa, should I have them address the envelope to our house instead of to the … [Read more…]

Reward Chart or Daddy’s Leverage?

Last Saturday I’d had enough of my often devilish-but-sometimes-sweet 3 year-old son, Everett. As if possessed by the ghost of a Chucky Doll, by mid-afternoon Everett was in full constant-tantrum mode.  If he wasn’t hot, he was hungry or tired or ready to go. The only defense for my overly emotional little terror was to split … [Read more…]