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Nontraditional families are thriving

New Family Values

New Family Values

As more singles and gay and lesbian couples are becoming parents by way of adoption, their children may face questions from their schoolmates or tough class projects. Here's how families thrive.

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Parent and child discussing his adoption story

The Adoption Expert? Your Child

Be alert for clues about how much information your preschooler can absorb.

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Children can struggle to cope with divorce

Helping Your Child Cope with Divorce

A child may exhibit "baby" behaviors when his parents divorce.

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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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Girl fantasizes about her birth parents

Imaginary Birth Parents

Your child may never have met his first mom and dad. But that doesn't mean he's not spinning stories about them.

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Communicating with your baby using sign language

When You and Your Baby Don’t Speak the Same Language

Have you been hit by the terrible twos? Sign language can be a great way to help your child communicate their needs before they can speak.

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Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent cover

[Book Review] Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent

An adoptive mom reviews Adopting on Your Own, Lee Varon's guide to the wide variety of issues unmarried men and women face when building a family.

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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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