Author Archives: Fran Eisenman

How should your child respond when asked adoption questions at school?

When Classmates Ask

When Classmates Ask

How can you help your child answer adoption questions with confidence—and handle any queries that come your way?

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Introducing adopted child to family

Family, Far and Near

Planning a trip to see second cousins or great aunts? Before you travel, help your child and relatives expand their conceptions of family.

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A new puppy can trigger an adoption conversation

Starting the Adoption Conversation

Keep talks with your child simple and relaxed. Your ease with discussing adoption lays the groundwork for a lifelong dialogue.

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An adoptee imagining life in a different family, watching another mother serve spaghetti

What If? Imagining Life in a Different Family

Sleepovers and play dates give our kids an intimate glimpse of life in a different family — and may prompt reflections and questions.

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adoption workshops

Connecting with Other Adoptees

As they progress through grade school, most children want to "blend in" and be part of the crowd. But what if a child feels that the way she joined her family–through adoption–sets her apart?

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A supermarket employee asking nosy questions of an adoptive mother

Nosy Questions, Little Ears

Ever since our children were babies, we've heard them, ignored them, and answered them. But how do we handle them in the preschool years?

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Peer exclusion

Helping Your Child with Peer Exclusion

Parents cannot prevent their child from experiencing exclusion or feeling "different" from time to time. You can, however, lessen the negative effects of this common occurrence during the preteen years.

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