As an adoptive father I applaud Carrie Goldman and Juliet Bond for their refreshing look at what it means to be an adopted child. There are too many adopted children (my daughter included) who suffer from behavioral disorders and poor self image, and in Jazzy’s age group they may not be sufficiently self aware to understand why. We need more books like Jazzy’s Quest to bring the adoption narrative out into the public eye. A vital read for any adoptive family with young children.
How To Respond To “I Was Just Kidding” When People Are Being Unkind
A well-researched guide to combating bullying. Goldman’s daughter Katie wasn’t interested in being like all the other girls; a big Star Wars fan, she loved her Star Wars water bottle. Her mother was concerned when Katie told her she didn’t want to bring the water bottle to school anymore. When Goldman pressed her, Katie broke down in tears, upset that the boys at school told her that Star Wars was only for boys. “Is this how it starts?” she asked herself. “Do kids find someone who does something differently and start to beat it out of her, first with words and sneers?” Goldman addressed the issue with the school and wrote about the experience online, touching off a flood of support from Star Wars fans and, eventually, bullying prevention forums, Twitter and celebrities. Continue reading