I have been wondering if there are any parents of older children who were adopted on this board, who have any words of wisdom to offer those of us who are just starting our journey and who will hopefully be adoptive parents soon. Not necessarily parents who have adopted older children, just those of you who have been parenting a long while. I'd love to hear your stories, advice, parenting tips, inspiration, etc.
I just finished reading Sherrie Eldridge's book, Twenty Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed (one of the whopping 3 adoptions books our local book store carries) and it kind of implied that there are different seasons of parenting, and that parents who have parented adolescent or adult children may have a different perspective than adoptive parents (or parents in general) with younger children. I was just wondering if that is the case, and if any parents who have "been there and done that" on this board, have any advice for those of us just starting out.