Parenting is incredibly rewarding but no matter how great a parent you are, there will come a time that you need a little help. We are here for you.
Through Motivation Monday, Teaser Tuesday, HumpDay Dilemma, and Family Time Friday we will help you answer the questions you have.
From “Bragelina” to the family next door, adoption is everywhere these days. I recently wrote a series of articles for Regarding Nannies on the topic. These blog posts are reprinted from there. I highly encourage you to check out their website. It is chock-full of great tips for not only nannies but any parent!!
It is very common for a nanny to work for a family that has adopted or is in the process of adopting a child. Being a nanny and adoptive mom myself, I have a unique view of it. In the next few weeks I will be sharing a little of my experience as well as the experience of a few other nannies, hoping to help you – my nanny friends understand the motivation behind adoption and learn some ways you can better support the adoptive families you might work for.
Books are a great way to introduce children to new ideas and events without ever having to experience them. I love to take a trip to the library every time my children and charges begin to explore something and pick up a few books on the topic. It has helped many children in my charge transition to new things.
Naturally I find books are a fantastic way to help children understand adoption to be both normal and wonderful. Very young children will not understand there is anything different or unique about being adopted but as he or she grows and sees other families, they might start to wonder and ask questions. Children’s books range from helping with single families, multiracial families, same-sex parents, international and foster families. The books listed below are just a few of my personal favorites and the favorites of a few adoptive parents and nannies I talked with. I hope you find them helpful.
A Mother for Chocoby Keiko Kasza – good for single parents and inter-racial families - my personal favorite (ages 4-8)
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman – good for children in foster care (ages 4-8)
I don’t have many suggestions of books for teens and young adults about dealing with the stress they have so please feel free to comment on the post if you do!!!
Even if you don’t work for or have a family grown through adoption these are great books to check out. All children would do well to understand adoption a little better. I hope you take a trip to the library and find some of your favorites.