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Hide-and-seek is a classic game for kids of all ages. Infants play it in the form of “peekaboo,” where they delight in the repetitive nature of seeing a loved one pop out from behind hands and surprise them. Young kids play it in the form of hide-and-seek and also through burying objects and having others […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Benefits of Hide and Seek for an Adoptee
It’s Sunday – early afternoon. I am standing in my parents’ kitchen in comfy clothes and socks as the warm light shines in through the window. I’m working on one counter – chopping away at the broccoli and potatoes that we will later roast with dinner. My mom is working on another counter next to […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Making Time for the Important Things
Every time I bake, I instantly feel connected to my mother. I feel grounded and balanced. It was also brought to my attention that I stand in Tree Pose while I bake. I wasn’t aware I was doing it until someone told me. Baking for me is a passion and a love that has been […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Magic of Baking as Therapy
If I were to tell you my favorite Super Bowl experience, I could not say what teams played (it was not the Patriots), who won, who performed (not Beyoncé), or what commercials I saw. What I could tell you about my favorite Super Bowl experience was whom I was with (a group of amazing friends, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Food, Fun, and a little Football: Maximizing Family Time on Super Bowl Sunday
We are now officially in fall. We said goodbye to the warm days of summer, and bathing suits are going back in the bottom of the drawer until next year. Autumn is a time when many are back to school, back to work, and life takes on a more serious tone. We begrudgingly fall back […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Five Routines and Rituals to Build Family Connections