Whether you have had just a couple of weeks off for maternity leave or have been away from work for 6 months, returning to work after child birth is never easy. Apart from the obvious fact that you will miss your child, you have to consider other practical issues such as child care and how your child will deal with being in the hands of a carer while you are at work.
To feel secure in care, your child needs to develop an emotional attachment to the adults who care for him or her. For this reason it is important to try and maintain continuity of care and to avoid changing carers more than once a year. Younger children will benefit from even longer relationships, so try and keep this in mind when you choose your care provider.
The relationship between your child and his or her carer is an important one for ensuring the success of the child care arrangement. Rest assured, however, that quality care is no substitute for the value of your primary parent-child bond and you should not worry about being ‘replaced’. Click here to Read more
For many families, adopting a child is a way to bring a brand new member into the family. The most common way to adopt a child is heading to an adoption agency which matches parents with children to be adopted. Several parents are also turning towards overseas adoption a la Angelina Jolie and Madonna. However, another child adoption to consider is state foster care.
There are thousands of children across the USA who are placed in foster care because their birth parents are unable to care for them. Being part of the state foster care system means these children are not guaranteed any permanent home and often move from family to family, longing for a family to call their own. Adoptive parents can adopt older children from the state foster care system. The requirements for adoption vary from state to state but below we have outlined the basic steps for a state foster care child adoption.
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A common concern that plagues many to-be mothers is whether they should continue working during pregnancy? After all nine months is a long time to go without work and needless to say, no employer will grant an employee nine months of paid maternity leave. For many women, not working during pregnancy is not an option as they need to keep earning; for others, they simply want to work when pregnant because they cannot bear the thought of sitting at home, doing nothing for nine months. However, just because everyone is doing it, should you do it too? Click here to Read more
With all the myths and clichés about step mothers and fathers, dealing with step children can be difficult. Single parents who fall in love and decide to marry may feel that they are not building a new life together on their own; instead, each is moving into a family structure that already exists. Problems of ex-spouses, failed marriages or bereavement will have to be dealt with along with step relationships. However, in recent times there are more and more families taking this decision and enriching each others lives. Click here to Read more