Posts by Michael Monroe

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March 11, 2015 Taking a New Look at Your Expectations As we encounter challenges and struggles, many of us discover that much of our frustration and disappointment is rooted in unrealistic expectations. Watch as Michael Monroe provides insight into the importance of realistic expectations and how by holding our expectations… 0
December 11, 2014 Healing the Wounds of Relational Trauma I remember the first time I heard it said. It came out of nowhere during a conversation with an adult adoptee, and I recoiled as the words made their way to my heart. “There is no adoption without loss,” she… 0
July 27, 2014 8 Keys to an Effective Time-In With Your Child Time-in (as opposed to time-out) is an important strategy to help parents learn to “connect while correcting” with their children.  (For helpful background on the time-in strategy, watch Using Time-In Instead of Time-Out featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis.) When using the time-in strategy… 0
July 1, 2014 What’s Your Play Personality? I have a confession to make. I don’t like parents who are good at playing with their kids. I could have stated my feelings about these ‘playful parents’ in stronger terms, but I don’t want you to think I’ve gone… 0
April 29, 2014 Becoming a Band-Aid Dad Recently I came across an Adoptive Families Magazine article entitled Band-Aid Mom. In the article, Wendy Flemons, an adoptive mom, asks this important question – “Can a Band-Aid do more than heal a physical wound?”  As simple as it may… 0
April 1, 2014 Chatting With Your Kids About Adoption I don’t talk with my kids about adoption. It’s not that I don’t think it is a good idea – it certainly is. It’s just that, even though all four of my children were adopted, they have no interest in… 0
March 11, 2014 Before You Share, Make Sure It’s Yours to Share Imagine a good friend — someone you care deeply about — came to you and shared with you some hard truths about her history. Things that caused her deep pain and grief. Things she was far too embarrassed to talk… 0
January 20, 2014 Living the Dream [Re-post] Here is an article that Michael Monroe wrote a few years ago remembering the impact that Dr. King and others had on so many – including transracial families. We re-post it today in Dr. King’s honor. Yesterday morning my daughter… 0
September 17, 2013 When Good Things Aren’t Good This summer we made a difficult parenting decision. It was the decision (made together with one of our sons) that he would not play competitive summer baseball. Now before you roll your eyes and conclude that we must not have… 0
August 28, 2013 An Unforgettable Invitation Listening. It’s hard to do. In many ways, it is a lost art…or one that some of us never really ever acquired. What I’m discovering about myself (and, if I can be so bold, about us — adoptive and foster parents) is… 4

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