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.

Children can recover from a regression phase

Ready, Set, Regress

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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Regression can stress you out

When Your Child Acts Like a Baby

Some children regress as a way of escaping to a less stressful time.

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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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