It's important to look for those natural, easy times when personal, tender issues can be touched upon.
Growing Up Adopted - Parenting Through Developmental Ages & Stages
As children grow, their behavior and understanding of adoption changes. Below, find parenting advice for different developmental ages and stages.
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?
After finally realizing my dream of becoming a mother, I found what most new parents find—along with the bliss come days filled with crying, spit-up, and leaking diapers. But when I dared to vent, I was chided: “You wanted to adopt…you asked for this!”
Want to strengthen your teen's sense of belonging? Make family meals mandatory.
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.
The Internet requires a cautious approach when teens are looking for answers about adoption.
As your teen heads toward adulthood, she'll strive to discover who she is.
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.
How to help your middle schooler cope with curious peers.
We asked readers, “Have you found any dolls or other toys that reflect your child’s race and/or birth culture that you would specifically recommend?” Here are the top picks.
How do you empower a child entering his teen years in a state of defeat, powerlessness, and utter self-disregard? You give him a key and tell him to take off!
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.
Some children seem to know the rules naturally, others need a little help.
"Mom, just drop us off at the corner!"
Families that expand their worlds to incorporate all kinds of cultures help their children develop strong racial identities.
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.
As a teen, your child still needs and wants you to be a strong parent—not in a controlling fashion, but as a reliable authority in his or her life. Read on for 10 ways to establish yourself in this role.