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What to Do During the International Adoption Wait

The wait for custody, which can span years in international adoptions, can seem an eternity. A typical pregnancy is a definite period, while the international adoption wait is more often not. The questions from well-meaning loved ones come often. “How much longer?” “Any news?” And even “Why does it take so long?” A lack of control over the process coupled with a longing in one’s heart can be excruciating. “Do something!” the brain screams at the expectant parent. Because at...

Top 5 Reasons Why Being an Older Parent Rules

At 43 and change, I became a parent again. Not to a sleepy newborn, but to a walking, talking, 25 pound toddler. (Behold, the wonders of adoption!) Many are quick to point out the downsides of advanced age parenthood. ┬áBeing mistaken for a doting great aunt or (yikes) grandparent surely wouldn’t be fun. Many consider their life plans too inflexible toward middle age. ┬áThe infamous “what age will I be at his/her high school graduation” arithmetic is a big downer,...