Thankful for 20 Years

Important reflections from an adoptive dad who has been transformed on the journey–and is thankful. Welcome, Donald Craig Peterson.

ADOPTING FAITH: A Father's Unconditional Love

It’s that time of year – to reflect and be thankful. As the 20th year of my parenting journey begins, here are 20 things I have learned.

  1. Like nearly all parents, I know my children best – even when not using fancy words or technical jargon.
  1. I care deeply about my children – as I have seen in countless moms, dads, grandparents, step-parents and other caregivers.three-boys-in-a-tub
  1. I’m not a perfect parent. Yet I’ve grown stronger from my mistakes.
  1. Eventually, I learned to be on own worst critic – because I could become a better parent by listening. First to my children and then to others. While my children are unique, their challenges are strikingly similar to thousands of other children.
  1. Adoption is trauma. My children had a life before they came to me. So many unanswered questions for them. How easily people forget!
  1. Triggers are real. They can easily…

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