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Grown in my heart!

When someone asks you where you come from, the answer is your mother. It’s so much more than love. Even when there’s no love it’s so much more than anything else in your life.

– Anna Quindlen

Bank of Mum & Dad Realities: Sometimes It’s Only Mum

Bank of Mum & Dad Realities: Sometimes It’s Only Mum

In the traditional model children receive love and nourishment from their parents. This is usually broken up into more psychological love and caring from mum and more worldly assistance from dad. Traditionally dads went out to work to support the family materially and...

My Daughter, My Dentist: So Proud of Her Career

My Daughter, My Dentist: So Proud of Her Career

Establishing expectations for your Daughter ... You, as a mother, set your daughter's expectations for how the rest of both the men and women in her life will treat her. She looks to you for approval, attention and admiration. She needs to know from you that she's...

My Foster Daughter Became An Electrician: It Was in Her DNA

Having been a newspaper reader for five decades, the declining standard of news in print has one upside: the ever-diminishing disappointment of not accepting a cadetship more than thirty years ago. Today's gripe was triggered by a cruciverbalist who seems to think...

The Joy of Fostering

The Joy of Fostering

Parenting is, perhaps, one of the most fulfilling roles on the planet. It is, equally, one of the most challenging at times. In the main, parenting is predicated on the blood is thicker than water principle. For many, parenting is more natural evolution than conscious...

Turning the Family Kitchen Into a Bonding Space

Turning the Family Kitchen Into a Bonding Space

In homes around the globe, is there any place warmer than around the kitchen table with your family? This is the engine room where nurturing is bubbling on the stove and loved ones cook up something special for each other. We all know the titles, “Kitchen Table...

The Joy of Fostering

Adoption Not Such a Gamble for Some

It is a fact of life that you cannot choose your adoptive parents. In some cases, these adoptions just don’t work out. It may be due to unsuitable adoptive parents and/or unforeseen situations occurring. Whatever it is, it is a tragedy for both child and parents; and...

Foreign Adoption and Life in Sydney

Foreign Adoption and Life in Sydney

For so many years, it is common all around the world to adopt children from China and the Southeast Asia. Many orphaned children, either the product of war or poverty, ended up with Australian families who took them in as their own. We talked to two members of the...

Ten Ways That Being Adopted Is Cool

Ten Ways That Being Adopted Is Cool

Adoption gives parents a new opportunity to have a fresh start in their married life. Many couples often find it to be one of the missing key pieces that makes their relationship complete. For children, being adopted opens a window to a new life and opportunity. Here...