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 Preteens
Practical advice for parenting adopted preteens, from ages 10 through 12.
As preteens strive to define themselves, they must work adoption into the story.
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"Mom, just drop us off at the corner!"
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Your preteen just wants to be cool. But how can he, when he's "different"?
It's not uncommon for preteens to pretend they weren't adopted, in an effort to not be different.
My middle schoolers often get teased about the way they look or the fact that they were adopted. What can they say to the teasers?
Sleepovers and play dates give our kids an intimate glimpse of life in a different family — and may prompt reflections and questions.
You used to be the coolest mom on the block–at least in the mind of your kid. Now she rolls her eyes at everything you do. What's up?
Adopted persons tend to experience seven core issues related to their adoption. Discussions of adoption over the years have often overlooked the pain and struggles of adoptees, but identifying these core issues and helping children integrate them as they grow validates their experiences, decreasing feelings of being different and isolated.
Parents cannot prevent their child from experiencing exclusion or feeling "different" from time to time. You can, however, lessen the negative effects of this common occurrence during the preteen years.