Here's peek inside my family's adoption toolbox.
The most helpful adoption book I own is The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to your Adoptive Family, by Karyn Purvis. The publisher calls it a hope-filled resource for parents who have welcomed children: -- From other countries and cultures -- From troubled backgrounds -- With special behavioral or emotional needs. This book taught us to think about parenting and handle discipline problems in a whole new way. If I could only own one book about adoptive parenting, this would be it -- hands down.
Getting ready to travel to adopt your new child? Check out these posts:
Ten Things to Do While You Wait
Nine Things I'm Glad We Took to China
Parenting in a whole new way -- Here are some examples of how that looks in our family:
Our New Normal
Posted on the Fridge; Carried in the Car
While I'm passionate about older child adoption, it's not something a family should enter into naively. Here are links to articles that helped me think realistically as we were preparing to adopt Wenxin: What We Wish We Had Known, and To Adopt or Not to Adopt. And here is a post that we found after we got home, that made me nod my head in agreement, knowing we were not alone: After the Airport.
If you are in the process of adopting an older child, here are two exceptional blogs to check out: One Thankful Mom and Our Little Tongginator. Hang out a while. You'll learn a lot!