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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…
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Tips On Creating An Adoption Profile Book
Adoption profile designer Mallory Fogas, owner of Arrow + Root, shares her tips on creating…

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

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. Actress Poppy Montgomery on co-parenting in her blended family: “My parents divorced when I was…
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 terrifying truth of Marshallese Adoption. Navigating an open adoption when your child's birth mother…
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Best Clothing Brands For Boys, Raise Magazine

Basic Toddler Tees For When You Just Can’t Stand To Look At One More Baby Superhero Shirt

I love graphic tees, which is a good thing considering I have three sons. Graphic tees are the love language of school-aged boys. But I just can’t look at one more t-shirt…
The Stepparadox, Raise Magazine

The Stepparadox

The fact that my son calls both my ex and my husband, “Dad,” fills everyone with warm fuzzies at our progressive parenting and ability to come together to love and support a…
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. How much does IVF really cost? This mom's reaction to seeing her ex’s girlfriend’s social…
No-Make Up Make Up Foundation, Raise Magazine

The Best Foundation For A No-Makeup Makeup Look

Plus, the eyelash curler Sarah Uslan can't live without. I am NOT a morning person, so when Levon starts school this fall, my makeup routine will be reduced to the bare minimum.…
My Best Advice For New Stepmoms, Raise Magazine.

My Best Advice For New Stepmoms

As a new stepparent, much, if not all, of your life now revolves around the custody calendar.  So it may surprise you that my advice to newly blended families is to ignore…
Travel Guide: New York City, Raise Magazine

Travel Guide: New York City

On our recent vacation to England, we stopped in New York City both on the way to London and on the way back to Los Angeles. Not only did the detour help…
Raise The Conversation, July 12, 2019.

Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. Should White People Adopt Black Kids? What it's really like after you bring your baby…
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 bellies and has even asked me, “Did I grow inside your belly?” “No. You grew inside of…

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