Ready, Set, Regress

What's the deal with regression? Here's what to do when your child delays growing up.

One of the mysteries of raising an adopted child is that it's often hard to know whether behavior is a result of adoption or just a normal step in the development process. Because my daughter, Kira, had spent the beginning of her life in an orphanage, I worked consciously to build her up — nutritionally, developmentally, and psychologically. And since I'd adopted Kira shortly after completing a master's degree in education, I used everything I had learned about child development. ...

Some children need a little extra babying before they’re ready to get on with growing up.

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