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…

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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 to…

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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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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…

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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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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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Becky Talks "Instant Family"

Have you seen Instant Family yet? Well, if you haven’t, you should. And I recommend bringing tissues or snagging extra napkins reserved for the delicious, buttery popcorn and instead using them to wipe the tears from your eyes. Instant Family is a movie about…

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Becky Wickes
Post-its Are a Luxury Here?

My journey to Stand Up Eight has been a rewarding yet challenging one.  It started with a big risk, veered briefly into outrageous terrain you’d have to see to believe, and ultimately led me to my dream job and endless stacks of Post-it Notes. Let me explain…

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Jen Reichert
Buy Us a Drink!

I consider myself to be one of those people who feels grateful for the big and small things.  Of course, like anybody else, I whine and complain (and throw epic tantrums) about the big and small things too, but I’m naturally a feel-good…

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Together for a Spell

Research continues to show that people who share together are more bonded to one another than those who don’t.  As a result, at Stand Up Eight, we challenge our families to spend oodles of time having fun together. Being silly together is one of the best ways to connect…

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Hard Knocks Made a Bit Easier

The idea of adoption can make anyone with a heartbeat feel good.  How could it not?  We’ve all seen Annie rescued by Daddy Warbucks from meanie Miss Hannigan at least 100 times (if you know what’s good for you), and we simply cannot – we will not – imagine the real thing is too far off…

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Two-Step, Part Two

Step One: Let go of your old-school parenting. Check!  Step Two: Value and enjoy your children, rather than manage them. An idea we lovingly stole from Dr. Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell’s book…

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Two-Step, Part One

“What are two things, action steps if you will, that every parent should do to be better at parenting?  Hypothetically speaking, of course, because I’m the world’s best mom.” A great friend, who also happens to be a great parent, asked me that once…

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