Rank #1: Raising A Multiracial Family: A Conversation With Keia Jones-Baldwin
Today we're kicking off Season 17 of the Honestly Adoption Podcast and we couldn't be more excited. We have so many amazing, talented, and wise guests lined up. You're going to be challenged and inspired!
Recently, Mike and Kristin sat down with Keia Jones-Baldwin from Raising Cultures to talk about raising a multiracial family, the ups and downs of parenting, her brand new podcast, and the ever so fun experience of dealing with internet trolls, and how to hit personal attacks online head on. You're going to love this interview. Keia is a rockstar and has a brilliant perspective. Listen to the interview now...
Feb 20 2020
Rank #2: Living In Your New Normal | Part 1 | Grieving
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe and changed life as we know it. For our families, it has brought about a deep sense of grief, and added trauma. How do we navigate this with our children? In this new 3-part series, we discuss the pandemic openly, but also share some practical ways to move forward in this new normal.
Apr 10 2020
Rank #3: How A Former Foster Youth Is Telling A Different Adoption Story
What can a former foster youth teach us about adoption and foster care? A lot! In fact, we believe that adult adoptees and former foster youth are the greatest teachers for foster and adoptive parents. In this interview, we learn a lot!
We are so excited to share our interview with former foster youth, and adoption and foster care advocate, Tori Petersen. She is amazing, and is actively changing the story of adoption and foster care in the United States. She spends her time advocating, on a national level, for better services for children in foster care. Make sure you check out her Instagram here. Listen to the interview....
Feb 27 2020
Rank #4: How The Story Of Your Past Is Not The Story Of Your Future
Our kids have come from hard places. And often, they can feel as if they'll never get out from under the weight of those past storylines. But everything they've gone through in the past, does not define their future. Embo Tshimanga is living proof of this!
Mar 05 2020
Rank #5: What Happens When You Invite Men To Be Vulnerable?
The words 'vulnerable' and 'men' are usually not mentioned in the same sentence with one another, let alone associated with each other. Yet every fall, in the mountains of Colorado, the two words connect and form a transformational experience for foster and adoptive dads.
In 2016, sensing an urgency to create safe space where foster and adoptive dads could connect with one another, Mike Berry, Andrew Schneidler and Jason Morriss, created Road Trip: A Mountaintop Experience for Foster and Adoptive Dads. They had one goal: create safe space where men could be open, honest, and vulnerable in without fear of judgement or criticism. To date, more than 400 men have journeyed up the mountain. In this latest episode, they share openly what Road Trip is, and why it's so transformational in men's lives.
Mar 12 2020
Rank #6: What Happens When Birth Parents And Adoptive Parents Support One Another?
Can birth parents and adoptive parents really enter into a supportive relationship with one another, and put the needs of the child before anything else? Yes! We believe they can. And in today's episode, you'll find out why...
If you haven't met Ashley Mitchell yet, you need to. At age 26 Ashley placed her son for adoption. It was a dark time in her life. She felt a deep sense of loss as she returned home from the hospital without her baby. Would she ever find hope? The answer was yes. But it would be quite the journey. Today, 14 years later, she has become a powerful voice for birth parents, and an advocate for ethical adoptions. You will love her heart and perspective. Listen to the episode...
Mar 27 2020
Rank #7: How To Help Our Children Navigate The Trauma Of Coronavirus
We are in unprecedented and uncharted territory with the Coronavirus outbreak. In fact, the landscape of life is changing quickly because of it. How do we help our children navigate the anxiety, stress, and added trauma of all of this?
If you're anything like us, it's been a week. We've all mostly stayed at home, helplessly standing by while school gets cancelled, spring sports get postponed, church services cease, and life as we know it changes day by day. And, it may be far from over. In the middle of this added stress, is the added fear and anxiety that children, who have a trauma history, are experiencing. How do we help them navigate through this? How do we, as caregivers cope? In this special episode, Mike offers some advice. Listen now...
Mar 21 2020
Rank #8: Get A Sneak Peak Into Season 17 Of The Podcast!
Coming February 20, 2020...we're kicking off a brand new season of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, but you get a sneak peak into what's to come.
Feb 14 2020
Rank #9: How To Translate Your Child's Behavior
This week we're in Part 2 of our new podcast series, Believing Beyond The Behavior, and we're talking about how to translate your child's behavior. When we pull back the curtain and get behind the facade of bad behavior, we discover a whole different story.
May 29 2020
Rank #10: How To Begin Believing In More
There's more happening with your child than just bad behavior. In fact, there are reasons why he or she behaves the way they do. But before we can make sense of this, we must lay the foundation for believing in more.
May 14 2020