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Growing Up Adopted: Parenting Preschoolers
Practical advice for parenting adopted preschoolers, from ages 3 through 5.
Your preschooler may hit you with surprising questions at the most unexpected times and places!
Many children in foster care have delays in conscience development. A few have no conscience. It is important that parents understand conscience development and identify ways to facilitate growth in this area.
What do you do when your three-year-old announces that he doesn't like the new socks your mother gave him as a gift? Or he's too busy devouring a cookie to show his appreciation for it?;
Little ones can be overwhelmed by excitement during the holidays. Here's how to help your preschooler regulate her emotions.
When to encourage your child's flights of fancy, and when to insist on truth-telling.
The best ways to promote your preschooler's literacy skills.
As kids meet new friends—and their families—they face new questions about their past.
When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family's love.
Through normal, imaginary play, children in the preschool years can conquer their fears, conjure their birth mothers, and learn to understand their stories.
Sometimes, a behind-the-scenes talk with the teacher better serves your child than a class presentation.
Planning a trip to see second cousins or great aunts? Before you travel, help your child and relatives expand their conceptions of family.
Preschoolers are starting to notice racial differences. Adoptive parents have a responsibility to talk about them.
A little information about your child's medical history goes a long way for finding and preventing risks.
Our children learn from us how to express emotions.
Imaginative play can bring your preschooler hours of fun — and offer a window into her adoption story.
Judy Sierra's fun and heartwarming book is perfect for bridging the topic of adoption with young children.
Along with tea parties and superheroes, our children may incorporate themes like birth and adoption into their play.
Even preschoolers can get stressed by holidays. A few simple games and activities can ward off the meltdowns.
Preschoolers love stories. Listen carefully and you might learn a thing or two.