Friday, November 21, 2014

Picky Eaters/Parenting Mistakes

Do you have a picky eater? Does your child's eating habits stress you out?  This Thanksgiving, don't make these common mistakes. 

Six Food Mistakes Parents Make, Posted By Dr. Mercola

1. Sending Children Out of the Kitchen
2. Pressuring Them to Take a Bite
3. Keeping “Good Stuff” Out of Reach
4. Dieting in Front of Your Children
5. Serving Boring Vegetables
6. Giving Up Too Soon

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Letter from a Birthmother

Dear Adoptive Parents and Birth Mother,
     At one of the most trying times in my life, when I did not know which way was up and had nowhere to turn, the staff at Beacon House Adoption Services was there for me with an attentive ear and an open heart. Soon my unborn child and I were content knowing that these wonderful ladies were looking out for us and paving our way to a wonderful future.           

     Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would find myself in the position of having to choose between my own personal feelings and the welfare of a newly formed life. Now as I look back I know that I made the right decision by allowing Beacon House to place this wonderful baby with an adoptive family sent from God. 

Sincerely Yours, Danielle

Monday, November 17, 2014

November is Adoption Awareness Month

During the month of November “states, communities, public and private organizations, businesses, families, and individuals celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families”. As November comes to a close, and we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, there are still a number of ways that we can continue to celebrate adoption throughout the year. 

Ideas to Celebrate Adoption:

*Dine at a restaurant or cook a meal that relates to your child’s heritage.
*Read a book about adoption at your child’s school.
*Donate a book to your local library.
*Volunteer to help your local adoption support group.
*Mentor a family in the process of adopting.
*Light a Candle for your child’s Birthparents.
*Make an orphanage donation.
*Donate baby items to crisis pregnancy center.
*Start a journal about your adoption process, or write down your child’s story.
*Get Involved- Research pending adoption legislature.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dear Parent's About THAT Kid......

One way or another, we've all been there. There's a kid in your child's class that drives everyone crazy. Everyday your child presents you with a litany of complaints during the car ride home and in bewilderment you shake your head and hope it's not really as bad as she says.

Or maybe, you are the parent who gets called everyday. The one that's thrilled the frog stayed on yellow and did not move to red; the one with the child that will take 2 hours to do a half an hour of homework- in between therapist appointments.

Either way, in this must read, is the teacher you want to your child to have.

Dear Parent's About THAT Kid......

Monday, November 10, 2014

Do You Shop Online?

If so we have a great way to do your Christmas shopping and help us at Beacon House raise funds for a number of projects. All you will do is shop online. is a free site and all you have to do is register and shop ... at normal stores like Target, Best Buy, Overstock, Gap, etc.  

When you shop a percentage of your purchase goes to the charity of your choice, which of course will hopefully be ours. If you shop online, please consider going through this site. It's quick, easy to use, and it doesn't costs you anything.

To Register, go to:

Thanks for Your Support! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Adoption Awareness Activities

Here are my top five favorite activities for celebrating Adoption Awareness Month from Adoptive Families 30 Ways to Celebrate. 

1.  Coordinate a display of adoption books to commemorate National Adoption Awareness Month at your child’s school or local library

2,  Organize a holiday toy drive for children waiting for permanent families. Involve your child’s class, team, or Scout group.

3.  Spend an afternoon celebrating your child’s heritage though activities and a meal you prepare as a family. Choose a dish to include in your holiday menu.

4.  As a family, light a candle in honor of your child’s birth parents. Turn off the lights and hold hands as you watch the flame.

5,  Write a thank-you letter to the judge, social worker, or other adoption professional how helped make your adoption happen.  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Nursery Essentials

When choosing furniture (the crib, dresser, changing table, rocking chair, etc.), think ahead. Ask yourself if it’s something you can use for a second child, if the color is neutral, if it’s convertible, if it can be used in a different room later. Some cribs convert to a toddler, and then a full-size bed. The changing table may be a short dresser fitted with a changing pad. When your child outgrows a changing table or you find that you don’t use it, simply remove the changing pad. We chose a neutral light pine bedroom set; one that could be used for a boy or girl. Think flexibility and re-use for the nursery, especially for items that can be used again such as the changing pad, sheets, and blankets. Here is a list of essential items for your nursery: 

  • Baby-size pillow
  • Bed rail (if using a regular bed instead of a crib)
  • Blankets
  • Changing table
  • Changing table pad
  • Comforter set
  • Crib bumper pad
  • Crib or bed
  • Diaper stacker
  • Dresser
  • Mattress
  • Rocking chair
  • Sheets