Go Away, Mommy!

Rejection of one parent is fairly common in toddler adoption. Here's what both parents can do.

Shawn, adopted from foster care at age two, seemed furious with Mary, his new mother. When she came close, he pushed her away. Shawn much preferred his father, Peter, the only one he allowed to put him to bed. Adopted toddlers almost always become strongly attached to their parents, but a scene such as this one is not unusual in families that adopt children between the ages of one and three. Among the most difficult challenges discussed in my book, ...

A newly adopted toddler may ignore or even push away one parent. Here’s how to cope and earn his trust.

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