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Tracking the health and development of your adopted chid.

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How Preteens Can Answer Prying Questions at School

How Preteens Can Answer Prying Questions at School

How to help your middle schooler cope with curious peers.

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8 Ways to Help Your Kids Deal with Violence

When children are exposed to violence—in their first home, at school, or in the media—it's our job as parents to help them process it. Here's how.

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10 Questions to Ask a Pediatrician when you're adopting

Ten Questions to Ask Pediatricians

When you're in the process of adopting an infant, there are things you should know about your potential pediatrician. Start with these top queries.

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“Our Daughter is Growing Up”

Our only child is away this week. It's a first for us, 11 busy years after we triumphantly carried our daughter home from the adoption agency.

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Why Girls with ADHD Go Undiagnosed

ADHD is not a male disorder, and yet "most people have the misperception that it's a disorder of hyperactive elementary school-aged boys," says Patricia Quinn, M.D., a developmental pediatrician and director of the National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD in Washington, D.C. So why are girls diagnosed so much later than boys, if at all?

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What’s the Deal with DNA Testing?

As genetic testing continues to make headlines, more parents are wondering whether a simple cheek swab can teach them something about their child. We help you sort the facts from the hype.

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breastfeeding adopted children

What You Need To Know To Breastfeed Your Baby

Few adoptive mothers will tell you that nursing is easy, but almost all will say it's worth the effort.

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Sleep problems in adopted children

Parent-to-Parent: Sleep Problems

We asked our readers, "What sleep problems did you encounter after you adopted your child, and how did you handle them?" Here's what they said.

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Creating a Personal History for Your Adopted Child

Creating a History for Your Teen During Infancy

What we record now about our child will help him or her later in the difficult teen task of forging a positive identity.

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Auditory Integration Training can help with hearing problems

Learning to Listen with Auditory Integration Training

A child who has trouble with speech and language may actually be overwhelmed by sound. Auditory training, though controversial, may help.

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Early Intervention: Spotting Problems in Your Child’s Development

If your baby or toddler isnt hitting developmental milestones, help is here—at little or no cost—thanks to Early Intervention services nationwide.

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Family Activities

Family Activities (That Don’t Involve Screens)

It can be a challenge to tear tweens away from their screens for some good old fashioned family bonding—until you try one of these activities!

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