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Identifying bipolar disorder in young children is best done early

Bipolar Disorder in Children

What could be causing chronic difficult behavior? Early diagnosis is the best way to put your child on the path to wellness.

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The transition to school is exciting for children

The Kindergarten Transition

Starting school is exciting for kids, but it can also be a little scary. A mother of two shares her experiences and some tips on how to cope.

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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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Holiday traditions can change when your family grows

Share Your Story: Evolving Holiday Traditions

We asked our reader panel: Did you adapt your family's existing holiday traditions after adopting your child? If so, tell us how.

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Anyone can succumb to peer pressure

Peers, Pressure, and Popularity

"Come on, everyone else is doing it."

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Holidays with your new baby will be a joy

Rethinking Priorities During the Holiday Season

Your newly adopted baby needs a safe, stable environment in order to develop trust and bond. Here are ways to keep the chaos of the holidays at bay.

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All teens struggle with identity development

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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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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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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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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Two loving sisters, one with special needs

“Raising Our Daughters, Special Needs and All”

They'll each face different issues in their lives. But my daughters will get through them together, as real sisters.

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