All posts filed under: Parenting Skills and Spills

This Time, Going With My Gut

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Adoption / Parenting Skills and Spills

We have confirmation. E’s adoption will be finalized on National Adoption Day, November 21. We may even be a “media family,” set to speak at the opening ceremonies and practically guaranteed a good deal of media attention (which E is thrilled about). This weekend, out of the blue, E asked about going to see his birth family before Thanksgiving to celebrate with them. I was caught of guard, so I told him I’d think about […]

Bidding Farewell to Ms. Cranky-Pants (Or At Least, Trying To)

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Bad Habits / Family Ties / Mental Health / Parenting Skills and Spills / Wrestling with Angels

The realization crept up on me slowly, the way clouds slowly gather in front of the sun and you don’t realize until you look up and it’s dark.  I’m a grouch. And I hate it. In my family growing up, my parents were practically polar opposites in temperament. My mom was mostly easy-going, only showing temper on the rare occasion when she was truly pushed beyond the limits of her patience and stress level. My dad was […]