Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Remember the post a few weeks ago, Realistic Expectations, that had a link to a free download/awesome resource for adoptive families?  Well, the articles found in that download is from an amazing book called Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections, which has TONS (520 pages!) of helpful info for adoptive families.  The fun surprise for today is that the publisher of this book contacted me after a lot of you visited her site and downloaded the free resource a few weeks ago, and she's offering 3 FREE BOOKS as a giveaway to my sweet readers! 

Adoption Parenting may be purchased on Amazon (click HERE) or directly through the publisher (click HERE) for about $30. 

If you'd like a chance to WIN a FREE copy of this acclaimed book, just leave a comment here (on this post) that explains why you'd like to win a copy of this book.  That's it.  A chance to win a $30 book, just for leaving a comment!  (Winners will be drawn at random, not based upon quality of your comment. :-)  Thank you, Carrie Kitze, for your generosity!!!

You have until the end of this month to leave your comment, and your comment MUST be left on this post.  (Please leave only one comment per person.)  Giveaway will end at 11:59PM March 31, and the winner will be announced on April Fool's Day (no fooling!).
Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections
Here's what the publisher has to say about this book/giveaway:

If you have recently downloaded the ebook from EMK Press called Realistic Expectations, you might have discovered that many of the articles contained in that little gem were originally published in a book called Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections.  If you found that download to be helpful, you might want to read on...

Lorraine asked me to share a bit of how the Adoption Parenting book came to be...

My first daughter came to me at ten months, she had a ten month head start on being a child and I was in the hole ten months on the parent thing.  I had read the "What to Expect" books (actually on the long flight to meet her, nothing like planning ahead!) but they left me confused and wanting more information that pertained to our particular 
situation.  This was before the days of Hague and mandated training.  
Even with the training, nothing prepares you for the moment the pages of advice turn into an actual living breathing (sometimes screaming) child.

What do you do to help a child who had seven transitions in care before she came home?
How do you help an attachment challenged child learn who to love?
Are there strategies to get your child to sleep?

My oldest daughter was adopted internationally, and she spent a lot of time moving around in her short life before joining our family.  My pediatrician was somewhat helpful, but she really didn't have that much experience with internationally adopted children and attachment issues.  Our social worker was nice enough, but I didn't feel that comfortable sharing with her or with her practical understanding of our situation.  My mother in law attempted to be helpful when she suggested that we were spoiling our child by not letting her cry herself to sleep (over time we were able to do a bit of education on that front!)  The best understanding I found was a small group of parents on the internet.  We all had questions, some had answers and we were parenting as best we could without a map.  We shared, we chronicled what worked and what didn't, we found those who had gone before us and asked questions, we learned our unique children, and we slogged together like that proverbial virtual village that raises a child.

No book existed that offered practical parenting advice for a child who came from a not so optimal background that was easy to read and understand.  I am a communicator by profession, and now a book publisher so I thought we needed to create such a resource.  Adoption
Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections took about 18 months to craft and we married wisdom from professional doctors, therapists, and social workers with those of real parents...just like you.  Over 110 folks contributed various sorts of wisdom on a practical variety of topics.  We also started a yahoogroup that continues the discussion on a topic driven basis.

There is not one "this is the way to do this" in this book, rather it is a number of ways of looking at similar situations.  It's practical, helpful and even has an index!  It's the book I needed to have and for those of you win it, I hope you like it.  It was and continues to be a labor of love to help each adoptive family, regardless of how they came to be, be the very best they can for the children who come to them.  That's my mission and I love hearing from the families who have benefited from this wonderful village of sharing of information.

Carrie Kitze
EMK Press

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