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By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.
Your preschooler may hit you with surprising questions at the most unexpected times and places!
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When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family's love.
We’re ready to talk to our child, who is black, about racism before she starts school. What should we say?
Through normal, imaginary play, children in the preschool years can conquer their fears, conjure their birth mothers, and learn to understand their stories.
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.
Sometimes, a behind-the-scenes talk with the teacher better serves your child than a class presentation.
Planning a trip to see second cousins or great aunts? Before you travel, help your child and relatives expand their conceptions of family.
Preschoolers are starting to notice racial differences. Adoptive parents have a responsibility to talk about them.
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.
Answering kids' questions about birth parents.
Our children learn from us how to express emotions.
Imaginative play can bring your preschooler hours of fun — and offer a window into her adoption story.