"Mom, just drop us off at the corner!"
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.
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.
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!
Your preteen just wants to be cool. But how can he, when he's "different"?
It's not uncommon for preteens to pretend they weren't adopted, in an effort to not be different.
You used to be the coolest mom on the block–at least in the mind of your kid. Now she rolls her eyes at everything you do. What's up?
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.
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.
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.
The transition from foster care to forever family can be difficult on a child. Use these strategies when bringing home an older child.
"Come on, everyone else is doing it."
Let your child know you are open to talking about her birth family.
If your preteen is suddenly silent about adoption, look for "reachable" moments.
In this excerpt from her book, Jayne Schooler offers adoptive parents tools for helping their children make sense of the past.
Who can teach an adolescent boy to open up? You guessed it.
No matter what you do, your preteen is mortified by your presence. What's going on?
Answers to your parenting questions
Answers to your parenting questions.