Author Archives: JoAnne Solchany, Ph.D.

Two preschool children learn about categories.

Celebrating Sameness in Your Family

Celebrating Sameness in Your Family

Help your preschooler process the world around him by pointing out the ways you are alike.

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Talking about adoption can lead to some big questions

Answering Kids’ Big Questions About Birth Parents

Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.

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A girl answers intrusive questions about adoption at school

How Preteens Can Answer Prying Questions at School

How to help your middle schooler cope with curious peers.

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Emotional Regulation

Teaching Emotional Regulation to Preschoolers

Little ones can be overwhelmed by excitement during the holidays. Here's how to help your preschooler regulate her emotions.

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Explaining adoption to preschoolers should stay mostly light-hearted

What Preschoolers Can Understand About Adoption

When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family's love.

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Tips for preparing kids to answer questions about adoption at school

Preparing for Questions About Adoption at School

Before first grade, parents need to teach kids how to respond to unwelcome comments about adoption at school.

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Explaining pregnancy to your preschooler

Big Tummies, Big Questions

Don't let your preschooler catch you off-guard! Be prepared to talk about the birds, the bees, and adoption.

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Bond with your baby like this happy mother and child

Connecting Through Everyday Baby Care

Dressing, feeding, burping, tickling, tucking into bed — the nuts and bolts of baby care bring the moments that can draw you together.

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An adopted child dealing with holiday separations

Easy Does It!

Even preschoolers can get stressed by holidays. A few simple games and activities can ward off the meltdowns.

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Two preschool girls engaging in make-believe

The Tales They Tell

Preschoolers love stories. Listen carefully and you might learn a thing or two.

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Toddler boy and his new sibling

New Kid on the Block

Adding to your family again? Ease the transition for your preschooler by being prepared for new-sibling anxiety.

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Culture camp

Is Culture Camp for Us?

What will my child learn and talk about at camp? What would our family take away from a week attending together?

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All teens struggle with identity development

Staying Close While Giving Your Teen Space

Adolescence only lasts a short time — help your child through the rough patches and enjoy watching her grow into an individual.

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