What Do I Owe My Adult Children?
There is a story about a group of mothers sitting in a pediatrician's office complaining about their children. "My infant is up several times all night; she won't stop crying." "My two year old is driving me crazy with his temper." "Wait until they are nine, and start talking back." "Wait until... Adopting from Russia
A moratorium on Russia adoptions by Americans has been proposed and will be on the agenda when the Russian Duma (Parliament) reconvenes in mid-September, 2005, after the summer break. Any developments will be posted here. Getting Started Prospective parents should remember that international... Wilms Tumor and Neuroblastoma:
Introduction Wilms tumor and neuroblastoma are the most common abdominal tumors in children. Approximately 400 to 500 cases of each are diagnosed annually in the United States. Although both arise within the abdomen, the two tumors are quite different. In this article, I will discuss the... Physician: International Travel
We will be traveling to Russia to pick up our beautiful baby boy. What specifics in regards to travel do I need to know about in order to make it a safe and pleasant experience? Preparing for travel Traveling to another country can have its own hazards. Your own health changes all the time and...
The Sick and Wounded
February 3, 2012, 8:42 am
Oh dear, how the mighty have fallen. A week ago, my 13 year old had a sniffle. This was followed by fever, chills, aches, pains and a cough that won't quit. Then, one by one, the remaining 4 kids got sick. All at once but not quite all at once. One a day.
I admit it. It has been... Perseverance
January 26, 2013, 11:49 am
Before I became a parent, I was very interested in cribs, baby bathtubs, tiny clothes and shoes. I agonized over picking the right pediatrician. I worried that my child would be sick and I wouldn't notice. (That actually brings a chuckle now since every mother knows that you more often think... Advocating
April 23, 2012, 6:18 am
A couple of weeks ago we had the ARD meeting to set my son's educational plan . At the meeting, we set an uneasy goal to send "The Captain" on to kindergarten next year. I left unsettled.
As the next week or two went by, I began to worry. The Captain was struggling at school. He was...
Sibling Adoption and One Adoption Failing after Finalization
It wasn't until a summer afternoon in August 2008, four years after the adoption, that I found the courage to begin to write the "un-writable," a chronicle of my family's fall into, and... My Daughter's Mom
A tribute to an Adoptive Mom by Carol Bird, a grateful birthmotherThe first time I saw my daughter's mom was on a cold wintery day in mid- February, 1954. I wasn't certain the woman wearing the... I Love You, Jessica Elizabeth!
In 1981, at the age of 24, I became pregnant. To say that I was scared was the understatement of the year. I was petrified. So petrified that I actually managed to hide it until two weeks before the...
Back to School: Time to Change TV-Viewing Habits
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 22(3), 179-184.  Spencer, Mima. (1991). What do parents need to know about children's television viewing? Available: http://npin.org/library/pre1998/n00157/n00157.html  Walsh, David. (1994).
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