So Renaissance Man and I both know we’re still in the honeymoon stage of being a host family.  Our girls are exceedingly different: Russia is very driven in whatever she chooses to do, everything from volleyball to painting class.  She is determined to wring every last ounce of experience out of her time in the States.  Canada wants to attend tennis practices only–no competition for her, but she’s pretty savvy in terms of human relations. She reads the people around her quite accurately, and that includes us.

So the question becomes, how do we as novice parents treat them fairly?  It’s so easy to appreciate, and frankly, admire their amazingly disparate personalities.  But how do we mesh into something resembling a family for them?  And more importantly, how do we make both of them feel like valued, integral members of that family?

I guess we have 10 months to figure it out.


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