Author Archives: Jayne Schooler

A boy walks into school, exhibiting typical adolescent behavior

Leaving Mom Behind

Leaving Mom Behind

"Mom, just drop us off at the corner!"

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An adopted child is experiencing stress at school

Alleviating Adoptee Stress at School

Every Sunday evening, at the Gordon house, 10-year-old Kelly began complaining about something. Her pains ranged from stomachaches to sore throats. She said she felt too unwell to go to school the next day.

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How over functioning parents can step back and let kids do homework themselves.

When It Comes to Homework—Are You Doing Too Much?

Battles over homework can disrupt family life any evening of the school week. To lessen the trauma, parents frequently step in to help and occasionally step over the line. We asked Anita Pollic, a fourth grade teacher at Lebanon Christian School in Lebanon, Ohio, about this important topic.

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Family Activities

Family Activities (That Don’t Involve Screens)

It can be a challenge to tear tweens away from their screens for some good old fashioned family bonding—until you try one of these activities!

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Feelings about adoption can leave kids lonely

Wanting to Be Like Everyone Else

Your preteen just wants to be cool. But how can he, when he's "different"?

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Preteens can have self-confidence issues around their adoption

When Kids Deny Their Adoption

It's not uncommon for preteens to pretend they weren't adopted, in an effort to not be different.

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Telling the truth to your adopted or foster child

[Book Review] Telling The Truth To Your Adopted Or Foster Child: Making Sense Of The Past

Betsy Keefer Smalley and Jayne E. Schooler's book will help parents who are struggling to find the right words to tell an adoption story in a positive and realistic way.

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Expert tips on how to minimize the trauma of foster care placement for preteens.

Minimizing Placement Trauma

Pre-adolescents have special needs in a foster care placement. Our expert provides tips on how to make the transition to an adoptive home a little easier.

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A child affected by reunification

Recapturing the Heart of Your Child

When a foster child who has been in your care goes back to live with his birth family, and then comes back to your home, a different child returns.

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Tips for adopting an older child from foster care

Easing an Older Child’s Adjustment

The transition from foster care to forever family can be difficult on a child. Use these strategies when bringing home an older child.

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Anyone can succumb to peer pressure

Peers, Pressure, and Popularity

"Come on, everyone else is doing it."

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Telling the truth to your adopted child may be hard, but they will benefit in the long run

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child

In this excerpt from her book, Jayne Schooler offers adoptive parents tools for helping their children make sense of the past.

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A preteen struggles with his identity

When Kids Find Mom Embarrassing

No matter what you do, your preteen is mortified by your presence. What's going on?

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