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Disciplining an adopted child

Discipline in Older-Child Adoption

Discipline in Older-Child Adoption

Our older child adoption expert explains what works, and what is sure to fail when disciplining your child.

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A mother starting the attachment cycle with her son

25 Ways to Nurture Hurt Children

How do you nurture a child who repels nurturing? Start with these practical ideas.

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Talking about birth parents' drug or alcohol abuse can be tough

Explaining a Birth Parent’s Drug or Alcohol Abuse

"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.

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Read expert advice on answering rude adoption qeustions.

Answering Relatives’ Tricky Questions About Adoption

Adoptive parents are used to fielding questions about adoption — and most of us have an arsenal of replies to give the stranger in the checkout lane, but when it's a family member making the rude remark, snappy comebacks don't suffice.

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interactive ways to help an older child talk about adoption and her personal history

7 Ways to Give Your Child a History

When a child is adopted from foster care at an older age, he needs to understand his story up to placement and the significance of his joining a new family forever. Here are hands-on activities you can use to start this conversation.

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Advice on parenting your adopted child

Claiming Your Role as a Parent

Daring to parent an older child who has experienced hurt or neglect in the past will help him learn to trust and love.

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Food problems in older children can be overcome

Older Child Parenting — The Facts Behind Food Challenges

Our expert explains common feeding challenges with adopted older children, and their solutions.

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Tips on integrating adopted child into family

Preparing Siblings for an Older-Child Adoption

We've decided to adopt an older child. We have two children now, and we're wondering how best to integrate our new child into the family. What's your advice?

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Read our older child adoption tips

When Your Older Child Comes Home

We're about to adopt a seven-year-old. Does he have to start school right away? What about medical care? What can wait until we've bonded?

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Talking about difficult adoption stories

Discussing a Difficult Past After Foster Adoption

My child's background was tough. Now that he's with our family, do we really need to discuss the past?

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Older children will need an adjustment period after adoption

Overcoming Older Child Anxiety

We recently adopted a five-year-old. She seems so fearful and anxious! How can we help her learn to trust and love us?

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