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Ask AF: Wanting to Be President

Ask AF: Wanting to Be President

Answers to your parenting questions.

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An adoptee imagining life in a different family, watching another mother serve spaghetti

What If? Imagining Life in a Different Family

Sleepovers and play dates give our kids an intimate glimpse of life in a different family — and may prompt reflections and questions.

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Peer exclusion

Helping Your Child with Peer Exclusion

Parents cannot prevent their child from experiencing exclusion or feeling "different" from time to time. You can, however, lessen the negative effects of this common occurrence during the preteen years.

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Tween adoptees can undergo identity struggles

“I Just Don’t Fit In”

Tween adoptees may walk away from their cultural heritage, family outings, and even their family as they try to fit in with peers.

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Is your adopted child ready for sleep away camp?

Can My Child Handle Sleep Away Camp?

Parents wonder if preteens will experience separation anxiety at sleep away camp. Learn how to tell if yours is ready, and then ease the transition.

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How to help kids get over fear of parents death.

Dealing with Adoptee Fears of Loss

Do adoptees who've already experienced the loss of birth parents worry more than other kids about their parents dying?

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Expert tips on how to minimize the trauma of foster care placement for preteens.

Minimizing Placement Trauma

Pre-adolescents have special needs in a foster care placement. Our expert provides tips on how to make the transition to an adoptive home a little easier.

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A door representing a girl's teen years

“When Did My Little Girl Grow Up?”

My daughter is still very much a little girl. But with every passing week, it’s getting frighteningly easier to imagine her teen years.

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A cartoon preteen experiencing embarrassment

“What an Embarrassment!”

As my daughter approaches the tween years, she’s becoming more aware of who she is and of how others see her — and me.

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Tips for revealing painful adoption details to your child.

Revealing Painful Adoption Details

Children need to know their full stories before the teen years. Why, and how, to explain troubling information.

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