Growing Up Adopted: Parenting School-Aged Children


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

Is your adopted child ready for sleep away camp?

Can My Child Handle Sleep Away Camp?

Can My Child Handle Sleep Away Camp?

Parents wonder if preteens will experience separation anxiety at sleep away camp. Learn how to tell if yours is ready, and then ease the transition.

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How to help your adopted child relax her drive for perfection.

When Kids Worry About Being Perfect

We want our children to do well—but we also want them to enjoy being kids. How do we help them strike a balance?

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How to help kids get over fear of parents death.

Dealing with Adoptee Fears of Loss

Do adoptees who've already experienced the loss of birth parents worry more than other kids about their parents dying?

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Expert tips on how to minimize the trauma of foster care placement for preteens.

Minimizing Placement Trauma

Pre-adolescents have special needs in a foster care placement. Our expert provides tips on how to make the transition to an adoptive home a little easier.

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How to start talking about birth parents with your child.

Mommy, Where Did I Come From?

Many adoptive parents mistake talking about the culture or place their child is from is enough. Learn why talking about birth parents matters.

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Tips for revealing painful adoption details to your child.

Revealing Painful Adoption Details

Children need to know their full stories before the teen years. Why, and how, to explain troubling information.

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An adopted child may think about a birth parent more than you realize

Birth Parent Fantasies

Your child's birth mother looms large in her imagination now. What's your grade-schooler really thinking?

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A girl engaging in a birth parent fantasy

Birth Parent Fantasies — and Fears

An adopted child may imagine life with her birth parents as "the road not taken." Parents should share what they know and support exploration.

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Helping kids cope after disaster can be difficult

Kids May Worry About Their Birth Parents After a Natural Disaster

Here's how to help your child regain her sense of security when current events trigger hidden fears.

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Friendships with other adopted children can help your child feel like she fits in

Friends Like Me: The Value of Adoptee Peer Groups

Want to do something wonderful for your grade-schooler? Hook her up with other kids who were adopted.

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Regression can stress you out

When Your Child Acts Like a Baby

Some children regress as a way of escaping to a less stressful time.

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Many kids create fantasy parents

The Fantasy Parent

Ever heard, "My real mother wouldn't make me do that"? Don't despair. All kids, adopted or not, conjure a fantasy parent from time to time.

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Anyone can succumb to peer pressure

Peers, Pressure, and Popularity

"Come on, everyone else is doing it."

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Girl fantasizes about her birth parents

Imaginary Birth Parents

Your child may never have met his first mom and dad. But that doesn't mean he's not spinning stories about them.

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