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A girl having a teenage temper tantrum.

Handling Teenage Meltdowns

Handling Teenage Meltdowns

Your child may see you as less understanding than his birth parents might be. Here's how to cope with teenage temper tantrums.

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an adoptive mother committed to saying yes and parenting her teenage son with positivity

Just Say “Yes” to Positive Parenting

If you’re parenting an oppositional child or teen, you probably say “no” a lot. You may say it so often that it’s become your default response, or you may be stuck in the perception that “no” is the healthier option. How can you bring positivity back into your parent-child relationship?

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Cover of Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles

Book Review: Kids, Parents, And Power Struggles: Winning For A Lifetime

This straightforward book is perfect for helping parents avoid emotional warfare.

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Behavior Problems in Adoptive Children

Positive Parenting for Behavior Problems

When parents expect the worst from their children, they often get it.

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Toddler adoption can be tricky

“Will I Ever Be Able to Love This Child?”

When the first few weeks of parenthood were rocky, I found myself worrying: Did we adopt a child I'll never be able to love?

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Parental instinct trumps parenting books

“What the Books Didn’t Tell Me”

When Christopher joined our family at age three, I had to set aside my tried and true parenting methods in favor of the sort of nurturing he'd never known.

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Only-child households are common in adoptive families

Do We Stop at Just One?

Wondering whether to raise an only child? Half of all adoptive families do. How they thrive, despite occasional (or frequent!) second thoughts.

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Parenting adopted teens will have its ups and downs

Special Report: Adoption & Teens — The Psychological Background

Adolescence is tough, but don't worry: our adopted kids' experiences will usually fall well within the bounds of typical teen development.

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Adoption and teens can be a volatile mix at times

Special Report: Adoption & Teens — Parenting Strategies

Adoptive Families explores common situations you may face while parenting your adopted teen.

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Making the choice to adopt an older child created a family

“Parenting a Child Who Was Terrified of Love”

When you adopt an older child who pushes you away in anger, you learn a different way to parent, to give love without immediately receiving it in return.

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Adopting an older child can be rewarding

“What We Wish We Had Known” – Older Child Adoption

A mom and her daughter share lessons learned about older child adoption.

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Mary Ostyn overcame her son's attachment difficulties

“Two Very Different Paths to Attachment”

Our kids both came to us at 20 months old, but bonding with each child required very different tactics.

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