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The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine is my celebration this week. I don’t tend to read many books about parenting adopted kids. I’m cautious of theories. 
I think when a book is powerful it is mostly because of timing. It’s been our experience that 18-24 months after adopting an older child is the most difficult period of becoming a forever family.
Jordan joined our family 21 months ago. 
I’m 23 pages in and this is hands down the best book I’ve ever read. It has already joined the best book ever ranks of  Roxaboxen and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Book of Esther and Ruby Holler and Speak and Old Turtle and Miss Rumphius.
It is exactly what I need to read right now. What makes it even better is Andy is reading it too. I love him all over again for agreeing to a reading schedule. He stole my heart (once again) when he suggested coffee and cookies be a part of the nights we talk about the chapters.
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  1. The Connected Child is a good one–I've reread it many times over the last three years. I would recommend Reparenting the Hurt Child and Creating Loving Attachments even more for the older child. I do love the arrival of just the right book at the right time (Reparenting the Hurt Child was one of those for me this summer–read it three times in a row!)

  2. Glad you found another book for your best books ever list. I'm moving Ruby Holler and Speak to the top of my WTR pile. I own both, but have never gotten around to reading either.

  3. Andy is reading with you? And he agreed to a reading schedule? And he suggested coffee? And cookies? Awesome. Not surprising since he is generally a great guy, but still awesome. You are lucky to have each other. The reading, thinking, and talking you are doing is strengthening your already powerful team as parents!