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?
Adoption at School: Questions from Peers, the Family Tree, and More
Expert advice and personal stories about adoption at school—from talking with the teacher about adoption to preparing your child to answer questions from classmates to adapting the family tree and other sticky assignments.
How can you help your child answer adoption questions with confidence—and handle any queries that come your way?
If your child is the giver or receiver of unkind behavior, read on.
As your child progresses through elementary school, she should take more responsibility for handling tricky assignments. Here's how to hand off the reins.
The family tree assignment is a perfect opportunity to answer your child's questions about adoption.
Picky eating is common in children—and as a parent, it’s probably driving you crazy. Here, simple strategies (like using a cookie cutter!) help make sure your child gets enough to eat.
Families share their experiences with school and adoption issues.
Some teens are ready to go away to school and hit the books. Others may need different options.
Some of our kids turn into perfectionists during grade school. Is there a link to adoption?
Questions from their peers get more complicated for our teens—and their peers' questions may reflect their own worries about adoption.
As I weighed diversity, academics, and other factors when choosing schools for my transracially adopted children, I perpetually second-guessed myself. But now that my kids are teens, I’m ready to trust their decisions.
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.
Our families are well represented among a diverse national community of homeschoolers for lots of smart reasons.
Advice for parents from parents on how to navigate explaining adoption to the classroom during back to school season, and beyond!
When it comes to the way kids learn, one size definitely doesnt fit all.
“After my daughter told classmates that she was adopted, they responded that they ‘feel sorry’ for her. What can I do to help?”
School projects that focus on family or personal history can be challenging or painful for children who were adopted. Learn why, and what you can do to create a more inclusive environment for the entire class.
Parents weigh in on talking with their child's teacher and sharing resources at the start of a new school year.
I am the white, single mother of an eight-year-old Asian girl, whom I adopted when she was six days old. As you can imagine, I have given a lot of thought to "the daddy question."