When children enter a family as older children or teens, or even when older children who are adopted move from one school setting to another, some of the ordinary issues of school life can become complicated for them.
"Adopted Teen Arrested," the newspaper headline reads (never "Birth Teen Arrested"). Is this just another example of sensationalism by the media or do adopted teens get into more trouble than their non-adopted peers?
Some teens are ready to go away to school and hit the books. Others may need different options.
Negotiate a set of fashion "dos" both you and your daughter can live with.
Often, the loss of a grandparent will be your child's first experience with death. If a child is close to her grandparent, the loss will be that much harder.
Questions from their peers get more complicated for our teens—and their peers' questions may reflect their own worries about adoption.
By now, you and your teen have established a firm family bond. But outsiders may not see it that way.
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.