Author Archives: Patty Cogen, Ed.D.

a girl who is being bullied at school

“My Child is Being Teased at School”

“My Child is Being Teased at School”

Sometimes school brings tough situations, like teasing, tricky assignments, and nosy questions. When should kids handle things on their own, and when should a parent step in?

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Tackling Common Childhood Fears About Adoption

What’s on Their Minds?

As grade-school kids learn more about adoption, they begin to ask more questions. How do you respond?

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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.

How to deal with adoption embarrassment

“Don’t Tell Anyone I Was Adopted”

The school year brings the realization that not every child has two sets of parents. Here's how to help your child cope.

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Helping kids cope after disaster can be difficult

Kids May Worry About Their Birth Parents After a Natural Disaster

Here's how to help your child regain her sense of security when current events trigger hidden fears.

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