Talking to Kids

A child sits on the couch and wants privacy, a natural phase of the stages of childhood

Privacy, Please!

Privacy, Please!

Surprised by your grade-schoolers sudden need for personal space? Don't be. It's normal.

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Tackling Common Childhood Fears About Adoption

What’s on Their Minds?

As grade-school kids learn more about adoption, they begin to ask more questions. How do you respond?

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A group of teens who may encounter insensitive comments about adoption

“Is That Your Family?”

By now, you and your teen have established a firm family bond. But outsiders may not see it that way.

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children watching a television show with an adoption theme

Television Shows That “Get” Adoption

Watching an engaging TV series that features a relevant storyline is a fun, low-pressure way to get your child talking about adoption. Here are five shows that mostly get it right.

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brothers and sisters benefit from knowing about and seeing their birth siblings after adoption

Bringing Birth Siblings Into Our Children’s Stories—and Lives

The vast majority of our children have birth siblings, yet parents may wonder how to approach the topic. Adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share how they talk about biological siblings, and build brother-sister bonds.

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Talking with my five-year-old about adoption after questions from a peer at the beach

“Sweet Sand”

After a late-summer day at the beach led to wistful new questions, this mom learned that talking about adoption with her child isn't always straightforward.

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Browsing baby stores helps my adopted teen and I bond and talk about the years we missed out on as mother and daughter

“Bonding with My Teen in the Baby Department”

My daughter came to me at nine years old, so neither of us knows what she looked like as a baby, but walking these aisles is a way for us to recreate what we both lost.

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adoption questions

“Living the Dream”

As my daughter grows up, a typical, American kid, we are free to imagine only happy endings for the family she left behind.

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Behavior Problems in Adoptive Children

Positive Parenting for Behavior Problems

When parents expect the worst from their children, they often get it.

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The Red Blanket

[Book Review] The Red Blanket

On the crowded shelf of children's books about adoption from China, don't overlook The Red Blanket, a book by Eliza Thomas, with irresistible illustrations by Joe Cepeda.

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Mother and daughter talking about adoption

Questions About Being “Given Up”

Our seven-year-old daughter knows her adoption story, but, lately, she's been asking a lot of questions about why she was 'given up.'

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