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Do I Have to Tell my Child That?

posted on January 30, 2015

Listen as Michael and Amy Monroe discuss the joys and challenges of sharing your child’s story with them. We need to remember that we have two responsibilities as; protecting their story and sharing it with them. This video is available…… Read More

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

posted on November 26, 2014

I love Thanksgiving. It might just be my favorite holiday. I didn’t grow up recognizing a national day of thanks and so I look forward to celebrating this year again. I love the way it smells, the weather is usually…… Read More

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The Importance of Repairing Your Mistakes

posted on May 27, 2014

There is no such thing as a perfect parent — and that is actually good news, so long as parents are willing to focus on repair when they fail and make mistakes. Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis explains why it…… Read More

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When Fear Looks Like Control

posted on May 14, 2014

Some of my favorite works of art are Julian Beever’s sidewalk illusions. If you haven’t seen them they are truly amazing! He employs a technique called trompe l’oeil which is French for deceive the eye. He creates images that, when…… Read More

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Check the Expiration Date on Your Compassion

posted on May 6, 2014

I remember when we moved out of our house to remodel the downstairs after experiencing a water leak. In the process, I was forced to confront one of the more unwelcome tasks of moving – cleaning out the pantry. In doing…… Read More

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Becoming a Band-Aid Dad

posted on April 29, 2014

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…… Read More

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Our Kids Need Empathy More Than They Need Sympathy

posted on April 18, 2014

One of the most helpful things ever shared with me is the idea that we spend as much time managing perceptions as we do dealing with reality. That rings true in almost every avenue of life and perhaps none more…… Read More

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People Mean Well, No Really They Do

posted on March 18, 2014

I know people mean well, but good intentions are not necessarily an indicator of right actions. We’ve been asked some questions over the years that either leave us smiling or scratching our heads. These questions could be considered misguided or…… Read More

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Not Your Everyday Conversation

posted on March 13, 2014

Not Your Everyday Conversation: Talking with Your Children About the Difficult Realities of Adoption and Foster Care was presented by Michael and Amy Monroe at the 2009 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference. This presentation focuses on some of the difficult…… Read More

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The Wounds You Don’t See

posted on January 27, 2014

I recently read a study that highlighted the difference between our ability to recall images versus words. There were two control groups. The first was shown a picture of a circle. The word “circle” was written down for the second…… Read More