Author Archives: Julie Michaels

What To Do When Your Child Steals

My Daughter, the Shoplifter

My Daughter, the Shoplifter

When children engage in petty theft, are they beginning a life of crime or just engaged in a naughty prank?

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A young child making the transition from home to school for the first time

Big-Kid School

If your child is off to preschool or kindergarten for the first time, you can ease her entry to the wider world outside your home.

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A child this young could probably deal with a name change

The Name Game

Although a baby as young as seven months reacts when called by name, a name change isn't a significant issue until age two.

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Religion can bring your family closer together

Finding Strength in Your Family’s Faith

If you identify with a religion, it can be another source of support and belonging for your child.

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Keep expectations of your adopted teen realistic

Whose Dream Is It, Anyway?

Adoptive parents sometimes push their own wishes on their children. But during the teen years, an adolescent may rebel.

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Coversations about birth mothers can be emotional

A Death in the Family

As children get older, they come to understand that everyone experiences loss.

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adoption announcements

Adoption Announcements

Families who've waited so long for a child are eager to share the news. Families and experts weigh in on language to use and when to send announcements.

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Many kids create fantasy parents

The Fantasy Parent

Ever heard, "My real mother wouldn't make me do that"? Don't despair. All kids, adopted or not, conjure a fantasy parent from time to time.

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