Preparing ahead of time for parenting is smart. Lifetime Adoption suggests that you read the three books listed below while you’re in your adoption wait. Prepare for parenthood with books on adoption, discipline, and parenting. Educating yourself and learning all you can about parenting is a constructive way to spend your time while you’re waiting to adopt. Think of it this way: once your baby is home, there won’t be much time for reading!
- 1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting – this book helps you decode the complicated nature of parenting in three easy-to-follow steps: controlling obnoxious behaviors, encouraging good behaviors, and strengthening your relationship with your children. Written by a worldwide renowned parenting expert and doctor, the book describes an easy program parents can use to help their children grow into healthy, capable adults.
There are tools to use in almost every situation, and true stories from parents and how they put the 123 system to work for them. One reviewer exclaimed, “All I have to say is that the ideas in this book really WORK! It really is like magic!”
- Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew – This book was written by an adoptee, and it shares common concerns that adopted children may have. Discover how you can help your child cope with emotions like fear, abandonment, and shame.
The author, Sherrie Eldridge, shares 20 complicated emotional issues that adoptive parents need to understand so that they can best nurture their child. Eldridge points out that the adopted child requires honest info about their birth family. Children, parents, and adoption experts share their stories and strategies. Learn all about the complex emotions that occur in the adopted child, and in the adoptive home.
- God Found Us You – This is actually a children’s book, and in introduces the subject of adoption. It’s a great book to have on your future baby’s nursery shelves! Through the eyes of Mama Fox and Little Fox, the book shares the loving discovery of the blessings that adoption brings to both adoptive parents and adoptees.
Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).
Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.
“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!
Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.
I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.
It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”