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.
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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.
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.
When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.
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.
Projective play can help kids work out complex feelings about adoption. So, the next time your child says, "Come play with me!" Make sure you say, "Yes!"
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.
Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.
Want to get your young child to open up about adoption? Stop talking and start playing!
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.
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.
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.
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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.