You made it through the red tape of the adoption process and you're finally ready to welcome a child into your family. This is an exciting time, but it's also rife with unexpected challenges. Realistic expectations are key. Keep the following in mind as you adjust to life as an adoptive parent:
In a society that highlights freedom of religion as a hallmark value, interfaith marriage is bound to occur. Such unions are surprisingly common in the United States, although same-faith marriages continue to dominate. Still, statistics from the Pew Research Center suggest that nearly four of every ten Americans married since 2010 have spouses with different faiths. Despite the prominence of such couples, interfaith marriage remains shrouded in misconceptions. Below, we separate fact from fiction:
Spouses in the Land of 10,000 Lakes show just as much vitriol as those in other states. Divorces in our lovely state can be surprisingly messy, especially when they involve public figures. The following are a few of Minnesota's most notable divorces:
You make important decisions every day, but not all hold the same emotional weight. Personal decisions can be uniquely difficult to make; what if your emotions steer you the wrong way? No worries; the latest research offers valuable decision-making suggestions:
An unfortunate fact of foster care and adoption: many children are separated not only from their birth parents, but also from their siblings. This problem can be mitigated by parents who adopt multiple children at once, but it takes a special family to handle the added stress.