How to survive an early fascination with the birds and the bees.
Health & Development in Adopted Children
Tracking your child’s milestones after adoption, knowing what to expect at different developmental stages, and tending to your child’s health and well-being as he or she grows.
Defusing Your Teen’s Explosive Moods
It can be easier for adopted teens to express anger than the emotions that are often behind it: vulnerability, weakness, or uncertainty. Help your adolescent deal with these complex feelings in more effective ways.
Searching for Answers…with Google?
The Internet requires a cautious approach when teens are looking for answers about adoption.
“How Do I Fit Into My Family?”
As your teen heads toward adulthood, she’ll strive to discover who she is.
How Preteens Can Answer Prying Questions at School
How to help your middle schooler cope with curious peers.
Leaving Mom Behind
“Mom, just drop us off at the corner!”
Getting in Shape for Your New Arrival
Babies are demanding little creatures whose needs for food and dry diapers and cuddling and comforting rarely occur only during the day. Here’s how adoptive parents can get ready.
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.
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.
When “What Should I Wear?” Gets More Complicated
Negotiate a set of fashion “dos” both you and your daughter can live with.
News Brief: Adoptees Retain Subconscious Knowledge of Birth Language
A new study has found that adoptees retain a subconscious knowledge of their birth language and may be able to learn the language more quickly as adults.
The Thumb Versus the Pacifier
There’s no reason to introduce pacifiers to older children who’ve been doing just fine without them.
“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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Diaper Wars
There’s no one best diaper for baby. Just choose the one that suits your style.
Help Your Child Sleep Through the Night
Waking in the night is very common and can have many causes.