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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
What to do when youve been called to adopt and practical advice to make it work
Mary Ostyn married her sweetheart at nineteen, and the pair had four kids by their eighth anniversary. When their youngest was three, God opened their eyes to the needs of orphans all over the worldand answered Marys longing for another baby. Over the next nine years the couple adopted two boys from Korea and four girls from Ethiopia.
Ostyn, a beloved adoption writer and blogger, sharesalongside stories from other adoptive familiesthe practical tools and resources she uses to thrive as an adoptive mom. In Forever Mom, she reveals how to:
- build heart connections
- prepare your other children for new siblings
- help babies, toddlers, and older children settle in
- implement attachment parenting
- address misbehavior while remaining connected
- nurture your marriage in the midst of it all
Whether youre the parent of an adopted child or interested in pursuing adoption, Ostyns warm advice and fresh perspective will inspire, inform, and affirm. Youll walk away confident you will be the perfect mom for whatever child God brings into your life.
Jpfamilymom4 Stars Out Of 5HonestJune 21, 2016JpfamilymomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4We have not adopted yet, but it has been on my heart for five years and we are preparing to begin the process. I love how honest this book was with telling both the ups and downs/bumps you might face.
There was a lot of great just general parenting advice as well. We are entering the tween/teen years with my oldest child and there are some things I plan to use with him.
Like another person wrote it is more geared toward international adoption and we are looking into adopting from foster care so there will be some differences for us which weren't addressed in the book.
Brittany4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful insight on dealing with adoptive kiddos!June 3, 2016BrittanyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book has some great ideas to keep in mind when we go through tough times of parenting our adoptive kids. I felt like the book focused a lot on international adoption, which is great! but we adopted through foster care so it was a little hard to relate sometimes.
alisaUtahAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Overall good advice for all mothersFebruary 12, 2015alisaUtahAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Overall, I didnt seem to realize in requesting this book it was designated for adoptive moms and parents. Yet, I still found it to be very encouraging for moms of all kinds in the challenges and issues you face. I especially liked how the author addressed the challenges of after you bring your children home. I found many of the challenges, though I have not adopted any children, still applicable to bonding and communicating with any child, even if you arent the mother.
The author also has a chapter on Beginning Again and how so often our children will mirror the reactions and communications we give them. I especially enjoyed the specific ideas on what other adoptee mothers have given in how to connect to your child. Children are learning so many things and it is so important to be patient with so many things that they do. I havent read anything else by this mom.
I most appreciated and identified with the author when she admitted her faults and her keep trying attitude as a mother of all ages. All children need patience and love, no matter what. That feeling really comes out in the book, even if you dont have adopted children.
Overall, enjoyable read, and though some didnt apply to me, the ideas were good for all mothers.
Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Great Book for People who are searchingNovember 20, 2014Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Mary Ostyn's latest book takes a look at adoption and many of the twists and turns that adoptive parents face. Some of the topics included:
building heart connections
preparing other children for siblings
addressing attachment issues
special issues with adopting older children
nurturing your marriage in the season of life
There's a variety of topics covered in this book that range from sibling adoptions, older child adoptions, foster care and international adoptions. Woven throughout this book is Ostyn's personal story of adoption. From the high and lows, the author speaks from her heart, sharing how hard adoption is when you're in the middle of the mess. But it's hope that keeps us going to the end.
For someone just looking into adoption, the beginning of this book would be great. It addresses a lot of the emotional issues that parents walk through. The second half of the book is more geared toward special issues such as reactive attachment and adopting older children. So it really does offer a lot for a variety of adoptions. I'm in a weird place in my adoption journey where a lot of this book didn't apply. We're certainly not at the beginning, nor are we dealing with any specialized issues. But it would be a great reference for the future.
Ultimately my biggest takeaway from this book was the emotional journey we moms walk through in adoption. There's nothing like having another mom to tell you that what you're going through is normal. And Ostyn isn't afraid to share the ups and downs of this crazy journey.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.