An older mom who’s enjoyed the relative freedom of parenting teens is nervous about readjusting to more hands-on parenting when she adopts a young child. Parents who have been there offer advice.
Families whose friendships cross racial lines send a clear message about whom their kids can date.
Every Sunday evening, at the Gordon house, 10-year-old Kelly began complaining about something. Her pains ranged from stomachaches to sore throats. She said she felt too unwell to go to school the next day.
It can be a challenge to tear tweens away from their screens for some good old fashioned family bonding—until you try one of these activities!
My daughter came to me at nine years old, so neither of us knows what she looked like as a baby, but walking these aisles is a way for us to recreate what we both lost.
A 13-year-old shares his adoption story.
I could have merely been her stepmother, but Taylor and I chose to love each other. Not even adolescence can take that away from us.
Our 14-year-old daughter is starting high school this fall. What might we expect in terms of dating?
"Last week, my teenage son told me that he was tired of having to explain himself wherever he goes. Why is this happening, and how can I help him?"
By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.
Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.
When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.
As teens seek independence, they rethink their relationships with all the adults in their lives — including birth parents.
In this excerpt from Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, we take a look at what goes on in the minds of teens, and offer advice for talking with them.
Can't pry your teen from the computer? The Internet can be a great tool for finding identity and networking with other adopted teens.
Sometimes, a teen's behavior calls for outside help. What to watch for and how to find the right adoption therapist.
Sometimes teens feel left out of the in crowd. Here's how to help.
Adolescence is tough, but don't worry: our adopted kids' experiences will usually fall well within the bounds of typical teen development.
My daughter, whom I swear I just brought home yesterday, is gracefully settling into college.
As your teen's thinking becomes more sophisticated, she'll want to know more about her adoption.