Lessons learned from non-traditional families

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Lessons learned from non-traditional families

In adoptive families, we spend a lot of time talking about how there are all kinds of families. There are families with one mom, one dad, two moms, two dads, three moms, three dads, or a mom and a dad. And, I think, this conversation maybe doesn't happen in half in biological families that educating children as to the fact that there all different kinds of family in the world, and that all of them are all okay. And, I think that, if we start with our children and we start teaching our children that differences are okay, and to be embraced and accepted, then there might not be those kinds of things that are said to adoptive families like, you know, why do you look different or assuming that the adoptive mom is the nanny or the grandmother and even saying not meaning to be hurtful, but even saying - As I was riding, giving my son a piggyback ride and he's almost as tall as I am, the woman who passes said, "You need to be giving your grandma a ride." I kinda snap at her and said, "I'm his mom." But, I wanna be okay with that knowing that this is a work in progress, teaching our children that all different kinds of families and all different kinds of people are wonderful.

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Kathy Gordon

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Kathy Gordon is the single adoptive mother of a very spirited nine year-old boy, but was not prepared for the challenges of parenting a child whose brain was developed under stress. When her son was three, Kathy had the good fortune of taking parenting classes with Ruth Beaglehole, founding Director of the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting, (theechocenter.org), and she realized this powerful compassionate method of working with children was something she wanted to teach. She has been a teacher, director and coach most of her adult life. Kathy was certified as a Parent Educator through the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting in May of 2008, and will now continue her training by becoming a Certified Hand-in-Hand Parenting Parent Educator. Kathy works with families individually, teaches parenting classes and facilitates trainings for educators and schools communities. Her practice is called Unconditional Connection because we all long for connection, and we long to be unconditionally loved. We live in a society in which we are continually judged by our behavior. Kathy offers research-based information and tools to help people look underneath and beyond the behavior, so that we may be more unconditionally connected thus creating a world of cooperation and peace. 

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