Miracles, the Brain and Adoption

Sally Maslansky | September 13, 2010

A miraculous story I recently saw on NBC’s Today show has me thinking about the brain and what it means to be adopted. You may have seen or heard about this beautiful story. A pregnant couple, Kate and David Ogg, were in the hospital because Kate was giving birth to their twin boy and girl […]

Adoption and Prenatal Care

Sally Maslansky | July 14, 2010

My friend, colleague and fellow Huff Post blogger Jessica Zucker has posted a beautiful and thought provoking piece,”Connecting with Baby Before Birth” written for the PBS “This Emotional Life” project (June 10, 2010). In it, Dr. Zucker encourages women who are pregnant to “…focus on the developing baby in utero to… create space for prenatal […]

Parenting and Adoption: Love and a Lot More

Sally Maslansky | June 1, 2010

A New York Times article published in April entitled “In Some Adoptions, Love Doesn’t Conquer All” by Sarah Kershaw, has really got me asking: Just what does it take to be an adoptive parent? As an adoptive parent and therapist working with adoptive families, I can tell you that it does indeed take a great […]

Parenting Advice: Confusing Childhoods

Sally Maslansky | May 12, 2010

I am writing this just after having celebrated my son’s 21st birthday. Something so many people tell me about him now is how well he seems to know himself, and how independent and self-reliant he has become. As I reflect over his childhood, I cannot help but think about an incident that I believe changed […]

Learning About Adoption From a Child’s Perspective

Sally Maslansky | April 20, 2010

In their beautiful book Everyday Blessings, The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn suggest we could learn a great deal from trying to imagine the world from our child’s point of view (p.384). To this end, I would like you to imagine what the world might look like from the point of […]

The Importance of Mother’s Day for the Adopted

Sally Maslansky | April 9, 2010

At no time am I more mindful of the emotional complexities of adoption than as Mother’s Day approaches. Traditionally it is a day full of celebration, love and appreciation. For adoptive families however the reality of a child losing its biological mother can often be over looked. A couple of years ago my son, adopted […]