Before the moody teen years, pre-adolescence can present its own challenges for parents. How should you respond to tweens’ questions about adoption or initiate conversation with a preteen who doesn’t seem eager to talk?
Growing Up Adopted: Parenting School-Aged Children
Practical advice for parenting adopted school-aged children, from ages 6 through 9.
We asked our readers: How did you decide whether to introduce the topic of adoption at your child's school? What actions did you take, if any, to start explaining adoption to classmates or teachers? What advice do you have for other parents about how to best interact with your child's teachers?
When children engage in petty theft, are they beginning a life of crime or just engaged in a naughty prank?
In their "black and white" world, how do children handle the grays of adoption?
How to survive an early fascination with the birds and the bees.
Single-parent homes are more common now, but kids still grapple with the daddy question.
As preteens strive to define themselves, they must work adoption into the story.
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?
How can you help your child answer adoption questions with confidence—and handle any queries that come your way?
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.
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.
Surprised by your grade-schoolers sudden need for personal space? Don't be. It's normal.
As grade-school kids learn more about adoption, they begin to ask more questions. How do you respond?
Some of our kids turn into perfectionists during grade school. Is there a link to adoption?