Growing Up Adopted: Parenting School-Aged Children


Practical advice for parenting adopted school-aged children, from ages 6 through 9.

a girl who is being bullied at school

“My Child is Being Teased at School”

“My Child is Being Teased at School”

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?

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How should your child respond when asked adoption questions at school?

When Classmates Ask

How can you help your child answer adoption questions with confidence—and handle any queries that come your way?

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School Projects: Empowering Adoptees to Self Advocate

Stepping Back at School

As your child progresses through elementary school, she should take more responsibility for handling tricky assignments. Here's how to hand off the reins.

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Family Tree Project for Kids: Adapting for Adoptees

Exploring Family Roots at School

The family tree assignment is a perfect opportunity to answer your child's questions about adoption.

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A girl answers intrusive questions about adoption at school

How Preteens Can Answer Prying Questions at School

How to help your middle schooler cope with curious peers.

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An African-American girls plays with two dolls that reflect her race

Dolls and Toys for Our Families

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.

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A picky eater shares her school lunch with a friend

Packing a School Lunch Your Picky Eater Will Devour

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.

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Teenagers developing empathy by volunteering together

Building Your Child’s Sense of Self-Worth

Families that expand their worlds to incorporate all kinds of cultures help their children develop strong racial identities.

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Tackling Common Childhood Fears About Adoption

What’s on Their Minds?

As grade-school kids learn more about adoption, they begin to ask more questions. How do you respond?

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A grade school age boy reading books on adoption

The Best Adoption Books for Eager Readers

Now that your grade-schooler is reading on her own, she may rediscover some simple adoption books.

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How over functioning parents can step back and let kids do homework themselves.

When It Comes to Homework—Are You Doing Too Much?

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.

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A teddy bear our daughter no longer needs now that she's growing up.

“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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Bonding Over the Family Photo Album

Finding Belonging in Pictures

After adopting older children, these parents found that maintaining a family photo album was a useful tool to encourage bonding.

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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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