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When Your Child’s Birth Parent Is An Addict
“We want to be honest with him and we're not sure how. Both of his…
Here’s What My 5-Year-Old Understands About His Adoption
Parents frequently ask me if Levon knows that he is adopted. Yes, he does, but…
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Natural Hair Care Tips For Kids
If you are a white mom of black children, whether they came to you through…
My Sons’ Adoption and NICU Experience Left Me With Lifelong Anxiety That Destroyed My Marriage, Raise Magazine
My Sons’ Adoption and NICU Experience Left Me With Lifelong Anxiety That Destroyed My Marriage
Twenty years later, I still battle depression and anxiety, because I can’t seem to let…
The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption, Raise Magazine
The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption
My son’s adoption is not a secret -- you’re reading a blog about it --…
The Adoptive Mom's Hospital Go Bag, Raise Magazine
The Adoptive Mom’s Hospital Go Bag
All the things I wish I packed when Levon was born. {shop: book/camera/lotion/boots/sweater} CAMERA In…
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Homestudy Is Approved, Raise Magazine
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Home Study Is Approved
Learn from my mistake, I beg you. Many adoption professionals advise families to refrain from…
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7 Natural Hair Care Tips for Foster & Adoptive Parents
The best practices and products for caring for natural hair. DETANGLING Methods of detangling hair…
Greetings from Poland, Ohio, Raise Magazine
Greetings from Poland, Ohio
Writer Robin Bakay's raw portrait of disrupted adoption. We met in the adoption lawyer’s office…
What Do You Call Your Child's Birth Parent? Raise Magazine
What Do You Call Your Child’s Birth Parent?
Levon has recently started to notice pregnant women. He knows they have babies inside their…

PREEMIES

The Worst Questions You Can Ask A NICU Mom, Raise Magazine

The Worst Question You Can Ask NICU Parents

September is NICU Awareness Month. Raise founder and NICU mom Jessica Butler shares her advice…
In Conversation with Anna Faris, Raise Magazine

In Conversation With Anna Faris

Anna Faris and Raise founder Jessica Butler talk preemies, co-parenting, and of course, mom guilt.…
Pumpkin Muffin Recipe, Raise Magazine

How Designer Rebecca Minkoff Saved My Preemie’s Life

At ten months old, my son stopped growing. By age two, he had fallen off…
Moon and Back Preemie Clothing
Before Chrissy Teigen, There Was Me
Over the summer, Teigen tweeted her struggle to find clothes to fit her newborn preemie…
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Our Favorite Diapers For Preemies
What brand of diaper did your preemie wear? Levon was born weighing 2 pounds, 7…
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Our Favorite Bottles For Preemies
What brand of bottle did your preemie use? Levon was born at 30 weeks, before…
The Best Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin, Raise Magazine.
Our Favorite Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin
Levon has ultra-sensitive skin, prone to rashes and eczema. Below are the products we rely…
Jessica Tyler, Raise Magazine
Life After The NICU
When we received the news we were being discharged, instead of joy, I felt anxiety…

ALL POSTS

The Caser For Single Parenting, Raise Magazine

The Case For Single Parenting

If you are someone out there who wants to be a mother, but don’t, at this very moment, have the partner that you want, I would emphatically say, Don’t let it stop…
Raise The Conversation, Raise Magazine

Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. The Realities of Drug Exposure in Utero. I’ve Fostered 20 Children Through The Opioid Crisis.…
The Worst Questions You Can Ask A NICU Mom, Raise Magazine

The Worst Question You Can Ask NICU Parents

September is NICU Awareness Month. Raise founder and NICU mom Jessica Butler shares her advice on how best to offer support to NICU parents. The worst question you can ask a NICU…
A Love Letter From Your Child's Teacher, Raise Magazine

A Love Letter From Your Child’s Teacher

Teaching is the greatest profession because we can be a family to many. We love many. I often close my emails to parents with the word “love” and then my name because…
Raise The Conversation, Raise Magazine

Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. Why this single mom plans to stay single for at least a decade. Everything You…
Bucatini and Meat Sauce, Raise Magazine

Bucatini with Meat Sauce

Elevate your favorite jarred sauce for easy weeknight dinners. Since Levon started school, we've made an effort to meal prep on Sundays and choose quick, easy recipes for weeknight dinners. Pasta and…
Unexpected Foster Mom, Raise Magazine

How I Unexpectedly Became A Foster Mom

I don’t know if it was my husband or me who brought it up first. Almost without words, we decided that if this boy needed a place to land and have some…
Raise The Conversation, Raise Magazine

Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. Adoption coercion still happens, and these birth mothers are on mission to stop it. Meet…
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Travel Gear for Toddlers, Raise Magazine

Travel Gear for Toddlers

From tiny toys to the perfect travel pillow, everything you need for a stress-free toddler trip. Since everyone seems to be squeezing in last minute summer vacations or planning quick Labor Day…
Greetings from Poland, Ohio, Raise Magazine

Greetings from Poland, Ohio

Writer Robin Bakay's raw portrait of disrupted adoption. We met in the adoption lawyer’s office earlier that afternoon. It’s a science lab of sorts where prospective adoptive parents are dropped into a…

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