Resolving Relationship Issues
It is highly uncommon for parents to willingly put older children up for adoption. Any child that is not an infant or toddler counts as an "older child." This is a very difficult decision, especially because of the emotional and psychological impact it makes on these older children. Typically, older children in foster care and who are available for adoption are there not because their parents wanted to give them up at this later stage, but because these children were taken from their parents and from unsafe environments.
From the time my daughter was born, I didn't feel like she liked me very much. Even though I tried hard, I felt like she wasn't really connecting with me or my sense of humor, so I kind of stepped back a little bit and let her dad help out more. Unfortunately, that rift continued to widen, and before I knew it, we were barely talking. Fortunately, a friend of mine recommended a relationship counselor that she said could help, and I was impressed to see how much of a difference it made. Before I knew it, we were getting along great and really enjoying our time together. Read more about relationships on this site.
It is highly uncommon for parents to willingly put …