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Holiday traditions can change when your family grows

Share Your Story: Evolving Holiday Traditions

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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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Talking About Sex & Marriage

Ronny Diamond discusses introducing conservative views on sex and marriage to your adopted child, without appearing to judge their birth family.

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