When Janice and Paul's daughter turned 7, they breathed a sigh of relief. Last year Emily's favorite word was "no," and she talked back constantly. Alas, now she seemed worried and sad. She felt that no one liked her at school, that the other kids thought she was weird.
Seeing where she was born—where she stayed with her birth mom and where we met her—gave my daughter greater confidence in her adoption story.
Digital scrapbooking is the easy, new way to preserve your memories–and adoptive parents are leading the way!
Keep talks with your child simple and relaxed. Your ease with discussing adoption lays the groundwork for a lifelong dialogue.
Is it what you say, how early you say it, or how often you say it that matters most to your child? Barbara Russell gives tips on talking about adoption with your child.
Our seven-year-old biological son seems to swing between feeling left out because his siblings (both adopted) have "other families" to feeling that they can't be part of our family because they have "other" families.
Let what your child can understand about adoption guide what you tell him about his story.
Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child's adoption story.
Your teen probably spends a lot of time thinking (or fantasizing) about her birth mother. Here's how to get some of those thoughts out in the open.
By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.
Use this guide to plan a family movie night or two this season. These flicks will captivate your kids, and open up adoption talks long after the credits have rolled.
When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family’s love.
The term "Gotcha Day" has ardent fans and strong detractors in the adoption community. We asked Adoptive Families readers how they feel about it, and whether they use the term in their family. Here's what you said.
Most of us broached the topic of adoption when our children were infants or toddlers, and have been talking aver since. But around age six or seven, when all children start to wonder, "Who am I?", is when our children can truly understand that joining your family means they left another. Depending on their nature, your child may begin to ask a lot of questions. To help your child understand his birth history, you'll want to respond to his questions truthfully. This is not to say that all difficult information must be given at this stage, but the facts we offer should be based on the truth as we know it.
Want to get your young child to open up about adoption? Stop talking and start playing!
My five-and-a-half-year-old said, "You are not my mother" to me when I gave her only half a cookie. Does she know how hurtful her statement was to me? She recently had some separation anxiety while I was away for three nights on a business trip. How do I get her to talk about her feelings and what is really bothering her?
Racism exists, and it’s our job as parents to talk about it with our kids. Here’s an age-by-age guide to handling those conversations.
Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.
When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.
Between the ages of three and five, children love hearing the story of how you became a family, and begin to ask their first, simple questions about adoption. AF takes you inside the mind of your preschooler, and offers tips for talking.