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.
In a quandary over what's normal — and what's not — about your teen? Here's what you should know.
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.
Adolescence is tough, but don't worry: our adopted kids' experiences will usually fall well within the bounds of typical teen development.
Bruce had been a cheerful, outgoing child who had many friends. But when he turned 15, his parents noticed a change in him. He seemed more withdrawn and less gregarious. One day, when Bruce and his mother, Karen, were driving home from school, he seemed particularly down. When Karen asked him what was wrong, he said, "I'm not who you think I am."
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Your teen probably spends a lot of time thinking (or fantasizing) about her birth mother. Here's how to get some of those thoughts out in the open.
By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.
My daughter, whom I swear I just brought home yesterday, is gracefully settling into college.
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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.
Sometimes teens feel left out of the in crowd. Here's how to help.
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As your teen's thinking becomes more sophisticated, she'll want to know more about her adoption.
As kids grow up, they look to their friends for acceptance — and desperately want to fit in.
If she's being taunted, excluded, ignored, or talked about, she may well be.
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