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.
Should parents initiate talk about adoption or wait for their child's questions? Sometimes you lead, say the authors, and sometimes you follow.
Parents share how they impart and strengthen their child's adoption story.
Answering kids' questions about birth parents.
Speaking about birth history helps all family members get used to the words and narrative, and lets your child know that he or she can always come forward with questions and emotions about birth parents.
Don't let your preschooler catch you off-guard! Be prepared to talk about the birds, the bees, and adoption.
Not sure when — or how — to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here's where to begin.
To the birth mother of my three children through adoption, wherever you are, I say thank you for allowing me to be their "other" mommy.
My daughter's tenth birthday was the first birthday party she'd ever had. Here's how and why we decided to redo all the others.
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.
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.
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.
When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.
Want to get your young child to open up about adoption? Stop talking and start playing!
Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.
AF takes you inside the mind of your preschooler, and offers tips for answering their first questions about adoption and talking about how you became a family.