Growing Up Adopted - Parenting Through Developmental Ages & Stages


As children grow, their behavior and understanding of adoption changes. Below, find parenting advice for different developmental ages and stages.

All teens struggle with identity development

Staying Close While Giving Your Teen Space

Staying Close While Giving Your Teen Space

Adolescence only lasts a short time — help your child through the rough patches and enjoy watching her grow into an individual.

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Your child will have a unique personality

Embracing Your Child’s Personality

Six- to eight-year-olds begin to take on individual personalities — often different from those of their parents.

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The search for identity can be a trying time for any teen

Forging an Identity

Don't despair; these struggles can actually deepen your bond.

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Preschoolers will need to answer a lot of questions about adoption

When the Questions Begin

Your preschooler is curious — and so are his peers. Help him get ready for inquiring young minds.

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Setting limits is best for your preschooler

Why Preschoolers Need Limits

Many of us want to indulge our children with gifts and leniency. But that's not what kids need.

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A young girl engages in pretend play

The Land of Make-Believe

Fantasy play is your preschooler's safe arena to learn about life — and work things out.

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Coversations about birth mothers can be emotional

A Death in the Family

As children get older, they come to understand that everyone experiences loss.

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Bringing up adoption in school is your family's decision

Is Your Child Ready for School?

She has her backpack, pencils, and notebook. But does she know how to field adoption questions that might come her way?

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Children can recover from a regression phase

Ready, Set, Regress

Some children need a little extra babying before they're ready to get on with growing up.

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A preteen struggles with his identity

When Kids Find Mom Embarrassing

No matter what you do, your preteen is mortified by your presence. What's going on?

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Keep expectations of your adopted teen realistic

Whose Dream Is It, Anyway?

Adoptive parents sometimes push their own wishes on their children. But during the teen years, an adolescent may rebel.

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An adopted child ponders her racial differences

“Am I Really Pretty?”

In asking that question, was our teenage daughter really asking, Who am I? What am I becoming? How am I different from others?

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