Parenting an Adopted Teenager

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When your child hits the age of 13, a lot of things can change…the rapid physical and hormonal growth will literally make your child a different person. That applies for adopted children as well as biological children. Your adopted teenager will need parental supervision and emotional guidance just as much, if not more, at 15 as at five. The teenaged years see a lot of changes in the brain, and tend to be when people develop lifelong skills in reasoning, control and judgment. Here are some things you can do to help your adopted kids through this difficult time.

  • Encourage your child to take healthy risks—If your child doesn’t learn to take risks now, it will be even more difficult for them to do so as adults. But you want the risks to be safe. Encourage them to take up a musical instrument, try a new sport, or go on a chaperoned trip.
  • Allow your child to make decisions—The more decisions you make for your child, the less they’ll be able to make their own decisions when the time comes. Ask your child to be engaged in planning—meals, activities, clothes, classes—but be there to talk to them when they may be inclined to make decisions that could have long-term negative repercussions.
  • Let your child see the world—Expose them to different cultural, social and physical activities, but always do so in a way that’s safe for everyone involved.
  • Set boundaries—It’s essential to establish limits on activities, from television and devices to food and alone time
  • Seek professional assistance when something is out of your comfort zone—If your child is having emotional or developmental challenges and you don’t feel equipped to handle it, look to a professional.

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