Weekend Reading | May 16

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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.

Kidnapped or Saved? How Some Orphans Really Feel When They’re Adopted.

During our first night in a hotel in Ukraine, after she was officially “ours”, she couldn’t or wouldn’t stop screaming. The only time she was quiet was when she sneaked out into the hallway and tried to run away. “I was so scared”, she says now. “I didn’t know what adoption was. I thought I was being kidnapped. “

Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

Video games, however, have been a bit of an aberration in the history of play and games. Many of them have been solitary experiences. That’s changing, though. We’re in the midst of a multiplayer video game renaissance that’s bringing people together. Equally exciting is the trend in design toward video games that build social skills and encourage players to reflect on themselves and their relationships. Here are a few games that do just that.

Testing the Boundaries~What’s A Parent To Do?

Challenging behavior in our children can be really…well, challenging! How do you ‘handle’ a child who suddenly refuses to wear shoes or sit in her carseat/seatbelt or eat, period? Here are some tips to help you regain that snuggly, loving relationship you used to enjoy before your baby became a…gulp…PERSON!

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