Open adoption expert Kathleen Silber answers a question from a mother who feels like her son prefers his birth mother since their reunion.
Answers to your parenting questions.
“Our three-year-old daughter still has not adjusted to our new son, two, who came home a few months ago. She was expecting a ‘baby,’ not someone who is already walking, talking, and taking attention away from her — and she’s been taking it out on him. Help!”
Our toddler bonded very quickly with our immediate family, but she still refuses to allow anyone else to hold her, including our relatives. Is this normal for a two-year-old?
“Our 10-year-old daughter recently asked if she has any brothers or sisters. She does, but we don’t know how to start explaining.” Kathleen Silber offers advice.
Part of growing up is learning to understand race. Experts explain how living in a diverse neighborhood can help your child put together the puzzle.
Kathleen Silber answers a question from a woman who placed a birth child for adoption years ago, and wonders how and when to tell her family.
A parent who placed a child for adoption wonders how to go about explaining a biological sibling to her current children. Adoption expert Brenda Romanchik answers.
Your child might love hugs and cuddles to reinforce attachment. Diana Schwab, M.Ed., LSW, suggests other ways you can affirm your bond at those times when cuddling’s not appropriate.
When returning to work becomes a necessity, some parents worry about maintaining their attachment with their newly adopted child. Holly van Gulden offers advice (and reassurance).
A mother wonders how much contact is best for her son and his biological siblings. Jayne Schooler weighs in.
An adoptive parent asks about a birth mother continuously pointing out physical resemblances, and wonders how to smooth out an open adoption arrangement. Read Joyce Maguire Pavao, Ed.D.’s response.
An adoptive parent asks how to react to her middle schooler’s assignment to write a report about his birth. Adoption at school expert Lansing Wood offers guidance on speaking with the teacher.
Ronny Diamond discusses how to prepare your child for a second domestic adoption and the idea of a baby sibling.