How do you empower a child entering his teen years in a state of defeat, powerlessness, and utter self-disregard? You give him a key and tell him to take off!
As a teen, your child still needs and wants you to be a strong parent—not in a controlling fashion, but as a reliable authority in his or her life. Read on for 10 ways to establish yourself in this role.
My greatest joy, becoming a mother, happened because both of my children lost the one person no child should have to lose.
“After years of seeming OK about being adopted, my teenage daughter has become sad and angry about it recently. How can I help her deal with her new emotions?”
When children enter a family as older children or teens, or even when older children who are adopted move from one school setting to another, some of the ordinary issues of school life can become complicated for them.
"Adopted Teen Arrested," the newspaper headline reads (never "Birth Teen Arrested"). Is this just another example of sensationalism by the media or do adopted teens get into more trouble than their non-adopted peers?
Some teens are ready to go away to school and hit the books. Others may need different options.
Negotiate a set of fashion "dos" both you and your daughter can live with.
Often, the loss of a grandparent will be your child's first experience with death. If a child is close to her grandparent, the loss will be that much harder.
Questions from their peers get more complicated for our teens—and their peers' questions may reflect their own worries about adoption.
By now, you and your teen have established a firm family bond. But outsiders may not see it that way.
Families whose friendships cross racial lines send a clear message about whom their kids can date.
Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.
When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.
As teens seek independence, they rethink their relationships with all the adults in their lives — including birth parents.
Can't pry your teen from the computer? The Internet can be a great tool for finding identity and networking with other adopted teens.
Sometimes, a teen's behavior calls for outside help. What to watch for and how to find the right adoption therapist.
Sometimes teens feel left out of the in crowd. Here's how to help.
Adolescence is tough, but don't worry: our adopted kids' experiences will usually fall well within the bounds of typical teen development.
Adoptive Families explores common situations you may face while parenting your adopted teen.