When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

Your kids will be excited to find out they'll be getting a new adoptive sibling, but that might fade if the new child arrives with challenges. Here's how to help them prepare.

A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic
The decision to add to your family, whether your first child (or children) was born to you or adopted, is generally accompanied by positive images: one child teaching another to build a block tower, the kids having a snowball fight in the back yard, riding bikes together, or shooting hoops in the driveway, cuddles and kisses at bedtime. Yet the arrival of an adoptive sibling can alter the lives of parents and resident children in unexpected, sometimes adverse, ways. This ...

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.


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