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20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeedby Sherrie Eldridge
Synopses & Reviews
Do I have what it takes to be a successful adoptive parent?
Does my child consider me a successful parent?
Will I ever hear my rebellious teen say, “I love you”?
What tools do I need to succeed?
In her groundbreaking first book, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, Sherrie Eldridge gave voice to the very real concerns of adopted children, whose unique perspectives offered unprecedented insight. In this all-new companion volume, Eldridge goes beyond those insights and shifts her focus to parents, offering them much-needed encouragement and hope.
Speaking from her own experience as an adoptee and an expert in the field of adoption, Eldridge shares proven strategies and the moving narratives of nearly one hundred adoptive families, helping parents gain a deeper understanding of what is normal, both for their children and themselves. By first strengthening yourself as a parent, you’ll be able to truly listen to your child, and to connect with him on every level, by opening the channels of communication and keeping them open forever. Then you and your child can grow closer through the practical exercises at the end of every chapter.
Discover how to
• be confident that your role in your child’s life is vital and irreplaceable
• pass on the legacy of healthy self-care by assessing and regulating your stress
• communicate unconditional love to your child
• talk candidly with your child about her adoption and her birth family
• teach your family how to respond positively to insensitive remarks about adoption
• connect with other adoptive families–and build a support network
• plus learn to become a “warrior” parent…settle the “real parent” question…cope with emotional triggers–what to do when you “lose it” . . . celebrate the miracle of your family…and much more
The author of Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew counsels caregivers on the unique parenting challenges of adoptive families, drawing on case studies to provide coverage of such topics as managing stress and establishing a support system. Original.
Sherrie Eldridge is the author of the bestselling Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew. An internationally known adoption expert and speaker, she is also the founder and president of Jewel Among Jewels Adoption Network. She lives in Indiana with her husband.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Discover the Sweet Spot of Success 3
Chapter 2 Look at Life with Adoption Savvy 18
Chapter 3 Beware of Mixed Feelings 34
Chapter 4 See the Big Picture 44
Chapter 5 Know When and How to Talk about Birth and Adoption 58
Chapter 6 Know That Being Different Is a Good Thing 76
Chapter 7 Settle the "Real-Parent" Question 86
Chapter 8 Step Up to the Plate with Confidence 99
Chapter 9 Evaluate Your Emotional Health 108
Chapter 10 Get Down and Dirty 120
Chapter 11 Discover What Really Comforts Your Child 134
Chapter 12 Strive for Parent/Child Intimacy 146
Chapter 13 Redeem Insensitive Remarks about Adoption 159
Chapter 14 Honor Your Child's Birth Parents 171
Chapter 15 Refuse Guilt Trips 185
Chapter 16 Deal with Perfectionism 197
Chapter 17 Assess Stress 207
Chapter 18 Establish a Support System 215
Chapter 19 Celebrate the Miracle of Your Family 230
Chapter 20 Press On in Hope 243
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