The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting : The Small Stuff, the Big Stuff and the Stuff in Between, Paperback

The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting : The Small Stuff, the Big Stuff and the Stuff in Between Paperback

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This is not just another book about adoptive parenting.

This is the real stuff: dynamic, messy, baffling adoptive parenting, rooted in domestic life. Award-winning columnist and adoptive parent Sally Donovan offers savvy, compassionate advice on how to be 'good enough' in the face of both day-to-day and more bewildering challenges - how to respond to 'red mist' meltdowns, crippling anxieties about new routines and, most importantly, how to meet the intimidating challenge of being strong enough to protect and nurture your child.

Full of affecting and hilarious stories drawn from life in the Donovan household, The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting offers parents a refreshing counterblast to stuffy parenting manuals -- read it, weep, laugh and learn.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 232 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adoption
  • ISBN: 9781849055369



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When I chose this book it was with a hint of concern as I am a parent of a foster child not an adopted child. However, having read the book thoroughly from my perspective it relates well to all types of parenting. When you read this book as with many like this you have to read it with the reality that not all theories work with all children. Although the author is so experienced in this area there are several theories and ideas which can be adopted by parents. Being an experienced foster parent there were enough ideas to add to my tool kit for this book to be a relevant read. The author writes in an easy intelligent way. You feel a friend is talking to you over coffee rather than preaching to you through a book. The author's strong voice and enthusiasm for the children she adopted comes through loud and clear. In addition to this the book is well referenced and I now have an extensive list of other resources to look into. The mixture of free flow writing, author knowledge and intelligent techniques makes this one of the best book about this subject I have read to date. A brilliant read for all parents no matter what your circumstances.