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Growing Up Adopted: Parenting Teenagers
Practical advice for parenting adopted teens, from ages 13 through 19.
How can you respond to bullying or protect your teen from becoming a target?
In the middle-school years, parents must step back and help their child learn to stand up for herself, in school and in the larger world.
In a quandary over what's normal — and what's not — about your teen? Here's what you should know.
Bruce had been a cheerful, outgoing child who had many friends. But when he turned 15, his parents noticed a change in him. He seemed more withdrawn and less gregarious. One day, when Bruce and his mother, Karen, were driving home from school, he seemed particularly down. When Karen asked him what was wrong, he said, "I'm not who you think I am."
Adopted persons tend to experience seven core issues related to their adoption. Discussions of adoption over the years have often overlooked the pain and struggles of adoptees, but identifying these core issues and helping children integrate them as they grow validates their experiences, decreasing feelings of being different and isolated.
Your teen probably spends a lot of time thinking (or fantasizing) about her birth mother. Here's how to get some of those thoughts out in the open.
Every teen is involved in the complicated process of forming an identity. For adoptees, the process has a few extra layers.
Having "the talk" with your teen is necessary — and it can turn into an emotional conversation about birth parents.
When their family also includes biological children, adoptees can have complex feelings about siblings and their own sense of belonging.
A parent's role changes when a teen leaves the nest. Here's how to start relating to your child as a young adult, and reinforce your bond.
An adopted teenager may find it easier to open up to an adoptee mentor than to a parent, and mentoring a younger adopted child can bring joy and confidence.
As adopted teens enter the dating game, unique issues will arise. Are you ready to tackle them?
It's not uncommon for a child to have different interests — and academic skills — than his achieving parents.
Adolescence only lasts a short time — help your child through the rough patches and enjoy watching her grow into an individual.
Don't despair; these struggles can actually deepen your bond.
When kids find something they love and stick with it, they find their place in the world.
Be open to the idea that your moody teenager may benefit from counseling.
Adopted children fare better if they know other kids who were adopted.
It's a national issue. Is your child at risk?