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$34.99 $28.00

Beginning your Life Book can feel rewarding and enjoyable.  The Life Book is a pre-baby book.  If a third party participated in creating your family, information about that process and your unique story will be included. If you used your genetics and the assistance of reproductive medicine, a story that mentions the people who helped you become a parent can be included as well.

 

The Life Book will tell the story of how your child was born in your heart and finally arrived in your home. Children love hearing about how they came into the world and the Life Book can help them feel connected to their beginnings. Over the years, we have seen children use their Life Books to help them tell their friends and teachers about their personal stories and we see adolescents treasure their Life Books during times when they are exploring their identities and trying to understand who they are in the world. Some children, just like adults, are private and others are very open. Regardless of your child’s temperament, they will treasure their Life Book as it chronicles their unique and personal story.

Young children understand information in concrete terms and will understand more nuanced and abstract information as they grow. Since the Life Book is an important object for your child to hold on to and cherish through the years, it needs to be appealing to children of all ages.  Fortunately, our Life Book is interactive, colorful and uses concepts that work for kids of every age.

It is never too late to start your Life Book.  If your child is already in your home, creating the Life Book can be a wonderful experience to share with your child or your partner.

Our Life Book is self-explanatory but if you need suggestions please contact us, we are always here to help.

Warm wishes on your journey.

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Donor/Adoption Consultation

Although it is never too late, many parents who create their families through sperm or egg donation or adoption often tell their children about their beginnings at early age.  Developing a narrative for your child can be extremely valuable to all members of the family and can help children develop a strong sense of self and confidence about their origins.

After you have told your child about his origins, the next step is to help your child learn how to disclose his donor or adoption information to family and friends in a way that takes into account his unique circumstance and personality. This program can be implemented with children as young as five and through adolescence.  The TIP TOP program will help your child cope in a world where adoption and gamete donation are still misunderstood concepts. 

These ebooks are an introduction to the program.  As you implement the program you are educating and encouraging your child to feel good about who he is and positioning yourself as your child’s ally so you can keep the door open for more communication in the future.

The Tip Top Program – Donor Gamete eBook

$14.99

Just as adoption has become more mainstream in the past fifty years, gamete donation will likely become more common too. For the moment, however, this technology is only addressed occasionally in the mainstream media. Although ovum donation has been in existence since 1984, and sperm donation has been around for more than one hundred years, gamete donation continues to be a mystery to many. Yet, it is a reality for your child.

Download the Tip Top Program eBook to learn strategies help your child cope in a world where gamete donation is still often a foreign concept.

You will get a PDF (215KB) file.

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Tip Top Program – Adoption eBook

$14.99

The TIP-TOP program helps your child cope with his feelings about being adopted and gives him a roadmap for deciding when and with whom he wants to disclose information. Fortunately, the world is a different place than it was decades ago. So although disclosure issues are no longer stigmatized, they are still a choice over which your child should have control. Preparing your child for those experiences is a valuable gift. It communicates that your love and concern for him overrides any anxiety you have about adoption issues.

You will get a PDF (169KB) file.

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How to Choose a Donor

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Common triggers in the process of choosing a donor
  • Ways to understand your donor or choose a donor in a thoughtful way that considers practical information and your family values
  • How to use the information you learn about your donor for your future child
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RESOURCES

Lisa’s Amazon Resource List

Below are a few of my favorite books, click on the titles to order. Please feel free to contact us for updates.

 

Lifebook

Schuman, Lisa. (2017) My Lifebook: A Pre-Baby book
For families built with donor eggs, donor sperm, surrogacy or through adoption

 

Very Early Childhood/ Diversity Training (baby+)

Parr, Todd. (2001) THE FAMILY BOOK

Parr, Todd. (2009) IT'S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT

 

Early Childhood(18 months +)

Gordon, Elaine (1992) MOMMY, DID I GROW IN YOUR TUMMY? WHERE SOME BABIES COME FROM
Includes information about the gifts of egg donation, sperm donation, and adoption

Celcer, Irene. (2007) HOPE AND WILL HAVE A BABY
Includes the gifts of egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy

Margolis, Amy. (2006) BUTTERFLIES AND MAGICAL WINGS
Includes the gift of egg donation

Kluger-Bell. (2012) THE PEA THAT WAS ME

This book is available in donor egg, donor sperm, two mom, IVF versions

Phillips, Sarah. (2007) THE KANGAROO POUCH: A STORY ABOUT SURROGACY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Kluger-Bell, Kimberly. (2013) THE VERY KIND KOALA: A SURROGACY STORY FOR CHILDREN

Nadel, Carolina. (2007) DADDY, WAS MOMMY’S TUMMY BIG?
Explains the donor insemination process

Eichberg, Carrie (2017) BUILDING MY FAMILY: A STORY OF EGG DONATION AND SURROGACY
Early to pre-teen

 

Specific to Gay Couples or Single Men

De Haan, Linda. (2003) KING AND KING
(early)

Greenberg, Keith. (1996) ZACK’S STORY: GROWING UP WITH SAME-SEX PARENTS
(pre-teen)

Valentine, Johnny. (2004) ONE DAD, TWO DADS, BROWN DAD, BLUE DADS
(early)

Parr, Todd. (2015) THE DADDY BOOK
(very early-early)

Pinkas, Shosh. (2013) GAL AND NOA’S DADDIES
(early)

 

Specific to Lesbian Couples or Single Women

Garden, Nancy. (2000) HOLLY'S SECRET
(pre-teen)

Newman, Leslea & Souza, Diane. (2000) HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES
(early)

Newman, Leslea (2009) MOMMY, MAMA AND ME
(very early)

Clay, George Anne. (2008) WHY DON’T I HAVE A DADDY: A STORY ABOUT DONOR CONCEPTION
(early)

Erin DeVore (2017) MAKING VIOLET: A SPERM DONOR STORY
(early)

 

For Parents and Parents To Be

Moalem, Sharon INHERITANCE: HOW OUR GENES CHANGE OUR LIVES AND OUR LIVES CHANGE OUR GENES

Cooper, S. and Glazer, E. (1999) CHOOSING ASSISTED REPRODUCTION: SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Ehrensaft, Diane (2005) MOMMIES, DADDIES, DONORS, SURROGATES: ANSWERING TOUGH QUESTIONS AND BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES

Glazer, Ellen (1998) THE LONG-AWAITED STORK: A GUIDE TO PARENTING AFTER INFERTILITY

Mattes, J. (1997) SINGLE MOTHERS BY CHOICE: A GUIDE FOR SINGLE WOMEN WHO ARE CONSIDERING OR HAVE CHOSEN MOTHERHOOD

Melina, Lois Ruskai. (1998) RAISING ADOPTED CHILDREN: PRACTICAL REASSURING ADVICE FOR EVERY ADOPTIVE PARENT

 

Adoption

Kotb, Hoda. (2018) I'VE LOVED YOU SINCE FOREVER
(early)

Curtis, Jamie Lee. (2000) TELL ME AGAIN ABOUT THE NIGHT I WAS BORN
(early)

Parr, Todd. (2007) WE BELONG TOGETHER: A BOOK ABOUT ADOPTION AND FAMILIES
(early)

Kasza, Keiko. (1996) A MOTHER FOR CHOCO
(very early-early)

Parnell, Peter (2015) AND TANGO MAKES THREE
(early-two dads)

Katz, Karen. (2001) OVER THE MOON: AN ADOPTION TALE
(early)

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