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Unexpected Family Love

By Liisa Ogburn for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers I was given less than an hour’s notice before my father-in-law’s blue Volvo station wagon pulled into our driveway. He opened the front door with his own key, rolling the familiar forest green suitcase

How Am I Feeling?

By Randi Olin for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Carol, my Pilates instructor, starts each class asking, “how are you feeling?” After working with her for two years, I know she is asking about our bodies, not our minds. Yet, this morning, with

Heritable Traits

By Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers There’s a wicker chair in the corner of the dentist’s treatment room. It’s the parent’s chair. I sat there while my five-and-a-half-year old daughter, Saskia, lay back on the magical chaise. First, she

Bringing Him Home

By Susan Vaughan Moshofsky for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers “We could call him Riley,” my husband, Brett, said, referring to the Chihuahua mix playing on the Humane Society floor with our son, Ryan. Snuggled close, Ryan and Riley touched noses. Ryan looked

Brave Enough

By Jennifer Palmer for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers “Do you think you’ll try to adopt again?” they ask, and the question settles on my shoulders like a shroud. My heart begins to race and my palms begin to sweat and my first