Help your preschooler process the world around him by pointing out the ways you are alike.
Growing Up Adopted: Parenting Preschoolers
Practical advice for parenting adopted preschoolers, from ages 3 through 5.
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.
“Why Was I Adopted”
Your preschooler may hit you with surprising questions at the most unexpected times and places!
Conscience Development in Preschoolers
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.
Teaching Kids to Say Thanks
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?;
Teaching Emotional Regulation to Preschoolers
Little ones can be overwhelmed by excitement during the holidays. Here’s how to help your preschooler regulate her emotions.
Make Believe or Lies?
When to encourage your child’s flights of fancy, and when to insist on truth-telling.
Ready to Read
The best ways to promote your preschooler’s literacy skills.
Off to Preschool!
As kids meet new friends—and their families—they face new questions about their past.
What Preschoolers Can Understand About Adoption
When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family’s love.
Helping Preschoolers Understand Adoption
Through normal, imaginary play, children in the preschool years can conquer their fears, conjure their birth mothers, and learn to understand their stories.
Adoption Goes to Preschool
Sometimes, a behind-the-scenes talk with the teacher better serves your child than a class presentation.
Family, Far and Near
Planning a trip to see second cousins or great aunts? Before you travel, help your child and relatives expand their conceptions of family.
Helping Your Preschooler Feel Good About Race
Preschoolers are starting to notice racial differences. Adoptive parents have a responsibility to talk about them.
Why You Need Your Child’s Medical History
A little information about your child’s medical history goes a long way for finding and preventing risks.
Giving Your Child a Vocabulary of Feelings
Our children learn from us how to express emotions.
Flights of Fantasy
Imaginative play can bring your preschooler hours of fun — and offer a window into her adoption story.
[Book Review] Wild About You!
Judy Sierra’s fun and heartwarming book is perfect for bridging the topic of adoption with young children.
The Games They Play
Along with tea parties and superheroes, our children may incorporate themes like birth and adoption into their play.
Easy Does It!
Even preschoolers can get stressed by holidays. A few simple games and activities can ward off the meltdowns.