Okay, I’ll admit it – I watch Glee. Although, I’ll also admit, I’m not “watching” it as much as I used to. During Season 1, I was glued to the television set, my inner music nerd rocking out to all the songs. Lately though, I find I’m often doing something else – scanning Facebook, picking up the living room, reading. But this week, I was intrigued by the adoption storyline – naturally. If you aren’t familiar with the show, Quinn, the former perfect cheerleader and gleeclubber, placed her baby for adoption and all but walked away at the end of the second season. The stipulations of the adoption weren’t clear, but that was really okay – this is Glee, not 16 and Pregnant. The following season, the...
There’s a gnome living in my daughter’s bedroom. I’m serious. That’s the only way I can explain what’s been going on in there. At first I blamed the cat…but now, I’m not so sure. Several weeks ago, my daughter and I rushed off to her dance class. We left her tap and ballet shoes on her bed because she didn’t need them for this particular class. When we returned, the tap shoes were there, along with one, lonely ballet shoe. I looked around her room for the other one, but couldn’t find it anywhere. I figured Rosie the cat had claimed it as a toy, so I looked in all of her favorite spots, but found nothing. After several other failed searches, the shoe remains missing. A couple of weeks later, my daughter was playing...
I was talking with a dear friend the other day. We’ve known each other since college, so that makes him an “old” friend in more ways than one. He’s known my husband just as long – in fact, he introduced me to my husband. He mentioned how much he enjoys seeing photos of our daughter and reading about her on Facebook. He said, “She's definitely your daughter. She's a little version of the both of you. It’s so much fun to see her growing up and into such a wonderful blend of both of you guys.” Now that’s a normal thing to say to parents, right? Kids are usually little versions of their moms and dads. They the physical and personality traits of their mom and dad, along with their family's cute, quirky and...
I’ve entered a bit of a sentimental phase recently. I don’t know if it’s because my daughter started Kindergarten a couple of weeks ago or because we celebrated our fifth year as a family this month. Maybe both. But lately…I miss my baby. I’m loving this time with my daughter – don’t misunderstand. But the other night, we were watching some of the videos from our adoption trip to China – like we do every year on our “Familyversary” – and I was overcome with melancholy. How did those first few years slip by so quickly? And in a few more years, I’ll feel the same about these days with my sweet, little Kindergartener! I know all parents go through these emotional trials. So many of my friends are...
We just got back from “vacation.” And when you “vacation” with a child, you really do need to put it in quotations, because it’s not really a “vacation.” It’s a “vacation.” You’re not lounging by the pool reading a juicy novel and sipping an umbrella drink. And even if you are poolside, there’s no lounging. When you “vacation” with kids, you are On. The. Go. And, as I recently discovered, you are On. The. Job. Vacationing with kids is a 24-hour parenting gig. Not only are there no breaks in your day, but when you’re in a giant amusement park, you kinda have to be extra vigilant. Where are they? What are they doing? Are they crawling on or hanging from places or things they...
Oh, Kung Fun Panda 2 – we had such hope for you. The first movie was so funny, my daughter was really looking forward to this second one – which is saying something for a little girl who will only watch movies about fairies, princesses and mermaids. Instead of a fun, funny movie full of slapstick humor, silly jokes and awesome kung fu, we got a lot of action, adventure and explosions (to be expected in a summer movie, I guess). Oh, and – bonus! – a heavy adoption theme that hit way too close to home. Good times at the multiplex. The adoption element wasn’t a surprise. I’d read the reviews, so I was prepared. And so was Piper. We had a little chat before the movie, so she knew Po the panda would learn about his adoption and struggle with his past. She was okay...
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Today is my little girl’s last day of PreK. Here she is walking in to school this morning...the last time she'll do that as a preschooler. And even though her teacher has an end-of-school celebration planned for her class, it just seems like there should be some kind of ceremony…a graduation of sorts. After all, this is the last year she’ll go to school three days a week. Next year, she starts Kindergarten. From here on, it’s “real.” So, I’d like to take a moment to address my little graduate. She’s come so far. All of them have. And like all graduates – big and small – they have so far to go, too. Cue music. Graduates of the PreK Class of 201, congratulations! Today marks the end of your preschool years. The next time you go to school, you will be...
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First Mother We recently met a woman who moved to the US from China about a year ago. She asked if Piper was from China and was a bit shocked to hear Piper answer her in Chinese – thanks to three years of Chinese lessons. Piper was able to talk with her a little bit, which they both enjoyed. As we talked, my husband asked what brought her to America. She explained China's one-child policy and said that she had a daughter, who is now 15 years old. For many years, her mother-in-law had tried to convince her to give up her daughter in hopes of her having another child – a boy. She explained China’s preference for boys which we explained that we were well aware of. She said she endured the pressure from her mother-in-law and eventually her husband to abandon her daughter,...
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Have you seen the funny – and oh so inappropriate for children, work and polite society – video about the honey badger that’s been floating around the web lately? If not, please go to a remote location, prepare yourself for foul language and take a look. If you don’t have time or inclination, I’ll summarize: honey badger don’t care. The honey badger has been referred to as the most fearless creature in the animal kingdom. If it’s hungry, it doesn’t care where its food comes from. The honey badger endures – and ignores – bee stings so it can eat bee larvae and will even devour a cobra long after said cobra has bitten it. Why? Because the honey badger don’t care. I wish I could be more like the honey badger. Not eat what I want when I want and live a life of...
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Hard to believe it’s been 16 years since the words “Oklahoma City” basically became synonymous with domestic terrorism and a tragic bombing that tore lives and families apart. As I listened to the reports of today’s anniversary, I couldn’t help but think about the children who were in the daycare center. Forever frozen as toddlers in our memories, those children would be around 18 today. They would be getting their driver's licenses or graduating from high school next month – and yet, in our minds, they’re still in daycare. Childhood goes by so quickly I sometimes think we don't get to enjoy our children as much as we can or want to because our adult lives get in the way. Grown-up problems and daily life distract us from remembering that our children are taken away...
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About This Blog
When Karen Szabo adopted her daughter Piper from China back in 2006, she didn't know she was also adopting a new passion for and interest in adoption and international adoption issues. But ever since she wrapped her arms around her sweet little girl, she's been drawn to adoption-related stories - and formed a few opinions along the way. She'll share these and write about her own experiences as an adoptive mom - and just an ordinary mom.
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