Did you know that you can give your child to a stranger without alerting anyone but a notary public? Do you know that people actually do give away children without notifying anyone but a notary public?
Until now, breeders who sell directly to consumers have been able to avoid government oversight by selling animals through the Internet, through the mail, and over the phone, keeping everything about the animals' conditions and the breeders' operations a complete secret.
It's a funny thing in life how we start out worrying most about ourselves, and then learn that true happiness comes from seeing happiness in others. It's also funny that parenthood, no matter how it is achieved, parallels life in general, so closely.
Even as adoption becomes increasingly normalized in the U.S., adoptive families continue to confront roadblocks for their children in a place they expected only smooth roads: the classroom.
My son cared deeply about the sun and I am so happy for him. He was an orphan and likely gave no mind to the sun up or down in his first six years in Abyssinia. Now he is otherwise engaged in all the phenomena of life -- human and astronomical.
Some answers used to be accepted without further questions -- We prayed for the perfect little boy for our family and that was you! But now, we get more specific questions and some are... complicated.
We're moms without children. It's an ache that doesn't go away. It starts before we see their faces and only ends when they're in our arms.
Steve Jobs' greatest gift to us might not be having the Internet in a small glass square in our pocket, but rather, his reminder to look down at our own feet and make sure they are moving in the same direction as our own heart and inner vision.
Neither of us had looked forward to this FINAL TALK. We had prepared ourselves for questions that might be confrontational, challenging or just plain uncomfortable to answer. They never happened.
Is your schedule random or consistent? Is your home quiet or chaotic? You can test for these traits in an eight-week-old puppy with alarming accuracy.
While nearly every dog comes programmed for a human connection, if these dogs have not been socialized to a given lifestyle, it will take a few weeks for them to feel comfortable with new routines.
The Washington Humane Society is in immediate need of adopters. In July alone, WHS took in 526 cats, 326 dogs, and 22 other domestic animals. At the same time, only 241 adoptions occurred -- just 27 percent of the total intake. WHS currently has over 250 animals who need homes now.
A mother is only as happy as her least-happy child. I couldn't get a read on my child, because I couldn't see her or talk with her. Was the homesickness the defining state of her being right now? Or was she having a grand old time with occasional bouts of homesickness at night?
I was at work when I went into labor. I calmly told my boss I needed to leave early and splurged on a cab to take me to the hospital. I checked-in by myself, had the boy by myself, and left the next afternoon. By myself.
We are bombarded by often contradictory advice on how best to bring up our children. However, scientific evidence is usually lacking, and research has surprisingly failed to find a clear relationship between family environment and the child's resulting behavior.
As parents, we know that our role in our children's lives goes far beyond providing them with the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. We also nurt...