Tips for Climbing Out of the Grief Gutter

My niece moved in recently.  She’s a long way from home and from everyone she knows, including her mom and step-dad, her younger brother, her grandfather, and her dog. For now, we hope living with my husband and me is the right thing to do… 

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Jen Reichert
Does It Really Take a Village?

I recently spent the weekend with a college buddy who’s not only one of my favorite people, but also a talented, funny, and cheerful mom of two and wife (of one).  Like other parents past, present, and future, she thinks parenting is hard and needed advice…

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Jen Reichert
The Loss of Adoption

When a child is adopted, you’d think someone like me would be thankful. And really, I am, but what you may not know is that someone like me is also terrified the family adopting a child forever won’t last forever at all…

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Jen Reichert
The Hard Truth

According to Kenny Jahng, in “Adoption Awareness: 10 Facts about Adoption that Will Surprise You,” no more than 2 percent of Americans have adopted. No more than two percent?  Whoa.  I think we can all agree that sounds low, but what does it really mean…

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Jen Reichert
Now That You Know

Do you know what happens to children who can’t live with their families?  Do you know why they aren’t allowed to go home?  Do you know how that feels…

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Jen Reichert
Unstoppable Devotion

I think a raccoon is moving into my attic.  I named her Rosalind Russell. My very scientific Google searches have taught me Rosalind is most likely making a nursery for the Russell baaaaabiessss…

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Jen Reichert
Raisin' Up Some Friends...and Funds

At Stand Up Eight, we’ve been fortunate enough to make lots of friends over the last few years who’ve made it possible for us to tirelessly support adoptive families. And we couldn’t be more grateful. But as privileged as we’ve been…

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Jen Reichert
Neuro Whats?

Ever heard of adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin?  You have?  Smartie pants.  Do you know what they are?  Hormones?  Close, but not quite.  They’re neurotransmitters. Now, next questions.  What’s a neurotransmitter, and why should you care?  I’m happy to tell you, and it might just change your life…

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Jen Reichert
Money Talks

I’m not a fan of small talk.  Sure, simple back-and-forth is a great way to learn important tidbits about an otherwise unknown person, and I like such pleasantries, but after that, I’m ready to jump into more meaty topics. That’s why I enjoy medium talk…

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Jen Reichert
What To Do When We Just Don't Wanna

It happens to all of us.  You know, those days when it seems nothing went as you planned.  Maybe it wasn’t a bad day, but it was just weird – everything felt difficult, motivation waned, normally unannoying things were super annoying…

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Jen Reichert
Are We Willing to Make New Traditions?

It’s no secret our lives are full of traditions, big and small.  If you ask just about anyone, she’ll most likely have at least one tradition to speak of. While many of our traditions are centered on holidays, they’re no longer reserved only for…

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Jen Reichert
Running a Nonprofit is Hard

I always wanted to be a record producer.  I was gonna live in a high-rise in Manhattan, wear cool hats, and meet rock stars.  I was gonna mix masterpieces and turn small-town bands into legends!  That was my calling.  Or so I thought. Turns out…

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Jen Reichert
Becky Talks The Not-So-Fluffy Side of Parenting

At Stand Up Eight, our work with families begins when they’ve acknowledged something is not working or when they want to grow as a family, which are very brave things to acknowledge. Even braver is when a family asks for help. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

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Becky Wickes
Determine the Relationship

Parent, raise your hand if you ever feel like you’re ruining your kid.  Mmhmm, I thought so. In case you haven’t noticed, most parents and their parents and their parents feel or have felt exactly the same way at one point or another.  It’s just a part of parenting. Even my own mom…

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Jen Reichert