Growing Up Adopted: Parenting Preschoolers


Practical advice for parenting adopted preschoolers, from ages 3 through 5.

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

Dolls and Toys for Our Families

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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Conscience development

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.

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Teaching Kids Manners

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?;

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Emotional Regulation

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.

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Explaining adoption to preschoolers should stay mostly light-hearted

What Preschoolers Can Understand About Adoption

When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family's love.

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Playing: helping preschoolers understand adoption

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.

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Your child should be in charge of the method of talking about adoption in the preschool classroom

Adoption Goes to Preschool

Sometimes, a behind-the-scenes talk with the teacher better serves your child than a class presentation.

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Introducing adopted child to family

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.

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Tips for discussing race with preschoolers

Helping Your Preschooler Feel Good About Race

Preschoolers are starting to notice racial differences. Adoptive parents have a responsibility to talk about them.

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Learn about your adopted child development and medical history

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.

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A child engages in imaginary play

Flights of Fantasy

Imaginative play can bring your preschooler hours of fun — and offer a window into her adoption story.

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[Book Review] Wild About You!

Judy Sierra's fun and heartwarming book is perfect for bridging the topic of adoption with young children.

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Three adopted children, engaging in one of several common play scenarios

The Games They Play

Along with tea parties and superheroes, our children may incorporate themes like birth and adoption into their play.

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Two preschool girls engaging in make-believe

The Tales They Tell

Preschoolers love stories. Listen carefully and you might learn a thing or two.

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