Lessons Learned: Parenting

Cindy Moy

By Cindy Moy: Parenting is hard, and it doesn’t get easier after doing it for 20 years, so here are a few tidbits of wisdom I’ve gained along the way. Please share any things you’ve learned in the comments section below.

Lessons Learned From Adopting a Special Needs Baby

When a doctor tells you that the best you can hope for is that your child will be slow, and that you should turn down the adoption referral, carefully consider what adopting this child will mean for your life.

Special needs babies can grow up to be math prodigies that tell math jokes that you–a reasonably intelligent person–do not understand.

Babies are babies. Adopted or biological, you never know what you’re going to get. And neither do they.

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What is the best advice you’ve gotten?

Cindy Moy

By Cindy Moy: When my oldest daughter, JJ, first came home from China, my mom told me to write often in her baby book.

“You think you’ll remember, but you won’t,” she said. Filling in her baby book was often left until moments had passed, and many were forgotten.

Then a friend mentioned that she knew a mom who kept a daily journal for her young daughter. Some entries were quite short, but no matter what, every day she wrote a sentence or two about what happened in her daughter’s day. Continue reading