How to prepare your child for a new sibling.
Between the ages of nine and 12, children register the meaning of adoption–and this can bring harder questions and more complex emotions. AF takes a look at what's going on in the minds of preteens, and offers advice for talking with them.
If you look like your child, you may be spared inquisitive glances or nosy questions about adoption from strangers. But that doesn't mean you don't have to discuss the topic.
Kids’ questions about sex are a tad more complicated when adoption is involved. Here, our experts give you the answers you need.
We may feel one way or the other, but it's our kids who must decide.
Should parents initiate talk about adoption or wait for their child's questions? Sometimes you lead, say the authors, and sometimes you follow.
Does your preteen wish he were part of the Brangelina clan? Here's how to help him deal with feelings of loss triggered by celebrity adoptions.
Answering kids' questions about birth parents.
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.
When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.
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.
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.
Your grade-schooler wants to know about her history — so be ready to talk.
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.
When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family's love.