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Parenting Strategies for Blended Families

Parenting Strategies for Blended Families

When your family includes biological and adopted children, how do you make sure everyone feels included?

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Deciding Where to Adopt From

“Choosing Which Country to Adopt From (Twice)”

Growing up in a mostly white, Midwestern town in the late 1970s and early 80s, watching reruns of The Donna Reed Show and Leave It to Beaver, I figured I would finish school, find a girl to marry, buy a little house with a white picket fence, and have a couple of kids who looked like me. This was the middle-class American dream, and at the time it never occurred to me that life would turn out any other way.

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These boys love each other, biologically related or not.

“Are Your Sons Related?”

My sons have a deep and enduring bond. So why do people need to know if they're real brothers?

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A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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Birth siblings enjoying each other's company

Bringing Up Birth Siblings

Our daughter has birth siblings she doesn't know about, but we don't know how to tell her.

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An old photo of a family after their Cambodian adoption

“A Boy Like Him”

From the moment we met 27 years ago, our son knew exactly what he wanted: a family. He staked his claim on our hearts as only he could.

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Are we treating our adopted child differently?

“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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One brother describes his experience as an adoptive sibling.

Adoption Through the Eyes of a Brother

One brother remembers all of the questions strangers and friends asked about his adopted sister from ages 5 to 15, and how he responded.

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Three brothers have a relationship with one's birth mother.

“Knowing Their Brother’s Birth Mother”

We knew that our youngest son's birth mother would be a powerful force in his life. We didn't anticipate the impact she'd have on his older brothers.

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Children in a multiracial family

“Why Am I the Only One Who’s Pink?”

Being Mom to "virtual twins"—one African-American, one white; one adopted, one biological—has taught me to validate both of my children for who they are.

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Tips on integrating adopted child into family

Preparing Siblings for an Older-Child Adoption

We've decided to adopt an older child. We have two children now, and we're wondering how best to integrate our new child into the family. What's your advice?

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One mom describes her struggle to explain race in her conspicuous family.

“Talking About Race in Our Blended Family”

A chance conversation in the car almost set our son apart from our family. But what happened brought him closer to me than ever.

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How adopting out of birth order worked for our boys.

“Mixing Up Our Family’s Birth Order”

Although "expert advice" tells parents not to disrupt the birth order when adopting, reshuffling the deck gave us just the right hand.

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