In the second part of our family’s adoption odyssey, we meet our new daughters and confront their past — and look to our future together.
The Post-Adoption Adjustment for New Siblings, First-Time Parents, and More
Adoption brings changes to any family. Experts and parents offer advice on helping siblings adjust, getting used to parenthood, and more.
Ask AF: Keeping Attachment Strong After Returning to Work
When returning to work becomes a necessity, some parents worry about maintaining their attachment with their newly adopted child. Holly van Gulden offers advice (and reassurance).
Going Back to Work
AF readers find creative ways to balance career and family. In this special report, we share some of their best advice.
”Attached at the Hip“
Learning to love my “barnacle” baby wasn’t easy.
“Bonding with My Daughter Through Song”
When I vowed that my child would get as many bedtime songs as she wanted, I hadn’t counted on this particular child’s determination.
Ask AF: Alleviating Sibling Rivalry
“Our three-year-old daughter still has not adjusted to our new son, two, who came home a few months ago. She was expecting a ‘baby,’ not someone who is already walking, talking, and taking attention away from her — and she’s been taking it out on him. Help!”
Ask AF: Adoption Leave
Answers to your parenting questions.
“The Open Door”
My new child opened up my apartment — and my world — to a new group of friends.
“Adopting a Baby Sister”
Our preteen biological daughter felt some jealousy of the baby we adopted internationally, but, for the most part, we’ve all settled into our new roles.
“The Final Step”
A mother is surprised at her tears when, standing in a courtroom, that last bit of red tape comes unstuck.
“Guarding Tess” — A Father’s Story
I learned that the ultimate gift of love comes not from the receiver, but from the giver.
Ask AF: Time to Bond
When you finally bring your baby home, your family will probably be very excited to meet her. Mary Ann Curran suggests ways to explain the bonding cycle to them and gently request time to be alone.
When You and Your Baby Don’t Speak the Same Language
Have you been hit by the terrible twos? Sign language can be a great way to help your child communicate their needs before they can speak.