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Helping Adopted Children Find Their Identities

Twenty years ago, when my husband and I adopted our children from Korea, it was suggested that if we loved them enough they would not crave missing identity elements from their past. Somehow, this advice didn't seem right. We wanted to...The latest expert advice is to expose adoptees early and often to their cultures of origin.
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Mothers of Twins: Born Tough?

In this study, mothers of twins lived longer. Credit: Corbis
Mothers of twins live longer.
Really? Or does it just feel that way because the chores ... never ... freakin' ... end? No, they really do live longer, but it's not...
Study suggests mothers of twins are made of sterner stuff.
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Teaching Moments: Mystery Moms and the 'Interrupting Chicken'

"The Interrupting Chicken" by David Ezra Stein
For most of this past year, I had a very intense, life-consuming job that cost me a lot of the smaller moments in my children's lives. I still tried to be home for dinner (even if it...
School appearance by two moms raises lots of questions.
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Nurturing Sibling Relationships

When my oldest daughter was 7 and her little sister was 5, I told them they could go swimming after finishing a page of homework. After a while, my 5-year-old raised two pages of work up in the air and proudly proclaimed, "We can go swimming now!...It warms a parent's heart to see love between siblings.
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Schwarzenegger, Shriver Separating After 25 Years

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with his bride Maria Shriver following their wedding ceremony in Hyannis, Mass. Credit: AP LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a storybook marriage in 1986 on a spring weekend on Cape Cod that united a princess...Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced their separation late Monday.
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Exploring the Concerns of Adoptive Parents

Twenty-four years ago, when my newly-adopted daughter, Joanna, was about 4 months old, I was reading an article about adoption in the Sunday paper. The author made the sweeping statement that all adopted children feel a life-long "sorrow" about...Do all adopted children feel a life-long "sorrow"?
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'Modern Family' and Me: The Men in the Mirror

Question: Where can I find the following family? Two gay dads -- one slender and uncomfortable offering public displays of affection, the other hefty and prone to flamboyant gestures. Add one adopted daughter of another race, the youngest...Watching "Modern Family" is like looking in a mirror.
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Steps to Stepfamily Success

Typical multi-home stepfamilies are like intact biological families in many ways. But, they differ structurally, developmentally and dynamically in many ways too. Stepfamilies who aren't aware of these differences risk using biological family...Learning to live well in a new family takes time. Everyone has a lot to learn, including how to cope in a new environment.
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