Tag Archives: Behavior & Discipline

Are we treating our adopted child differently?

“The Same, But Different”

“The Same, But Different”

When an adopted child gets most of your attention, it doesn't mean you love your other child less.

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Tips for adopting an older child from foster care

Easing an Older Child’s Adjustment

The transition from foster care to forever family can be difficult on a child. Use these strategies when bringing home an older child.

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Laila, who joined her family through foster adoption.

“Teaching Our Daughter That Her Needs Matter”

My little girl didn't fuss, never cried, and was utterly compliant. It was up to us to teach her to shove, yell, and demand — and find her voice.

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Advice on parenting your adopted child

Claiming Your Role as a Parent

Daring to parent an older child who has experienced hurt or neglect in the past will help him learn to trust and love.

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AF explains what to expect when adopting an older child.

Adapting Expectations

When you adopt a toddler or an older child, be prepared to encounter some surprising behaviors. Experts and parents share their strategies and successes.

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An adoptee who was born in a prison, exposed to subtances, shares her story of beating the odds

“Beating the Odds”

My prison birth could have set me up for a life of failure. But the love of my families has led me to one of resilience and hope.

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Sleep problems in adopted children can be overcome

All Through the Night

Parents and experts weigh in on the best ways to get our kids to sleep.

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Disruption may be the only option

Letting Go: The Truth About Adoption Disruption

The decision to disrupt an adoption is agonizing. But if it's been made, we must focus on the child's best interests rather than on placing blame, say families and experts.

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Seth outgrew his head banging

“The Baby Who Never Cried”

Our newly adopted baby didn't like to cuddle, and, when needed us, he either banged his head on the floor or screamed at the top of his lungs.

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How to recognize sensory integration dysfunction in your child.

The Little Girl Who Loved to Swing

For some children suffering from sensory integration disorder, sounds are distracting, clothes are itchy, and everyday life is filled with too many unpleasant situations.

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A happy child, whose parents used adoption parenting guides to help raise her

Readers’ Favorite Adoption Parenting Guides

Readers pick their favorite books to guide parents through the adoption process.

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Regression can stress you out

When Your Child Acts Like a Baby

Some children regress as a way of escaping to a less stressful time.

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Keep expectations of your adopted teen realistic

Whose Dream Is It, Anyway?

Adoptive parents sometimes push their own wishes on their children. But during the teen years, an adolescent may rebel.

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Anyone can succumb to peer pressure

Peers, Pressure, and Popularity

"Come on, everyone else is doing it."

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