Marilyn Schoettle, M.A.
you know that nearly all kids who are adopted by their
families get asked questions about adoption? And most
of the time it happens when their parents aren't with
them. How do you help your child to prepare and give
the answer they feel like giving and keep the ownership
of their adoption story with them? We parents sometimes
struggle to find the right answers, think of how our
children feel. This workbook format book is great for
kids to learn how to answer questions about their adoption
and helps them to normalize their feelings about adoption.
(Includes an 8 page pullout parent guidebook) (30 pgs.,
Geared for ages 6-12, this book provides adopted children with the tools to handle comments and questions about adoption. W.I.S.E. Up!sm gives children (teens and parents, too!) the power to choose how to talk about adoption with others! Children need W.I.S.E. Up!sm when they begin to be asked questions about adoption and their adoption story.
This TOOL is important when the children begin to hear that others are noticing some differences about how their family was formed. For children in transracial or transcultural families, that may begin as early as age 3 (“Why don’t you look like your mom?”) and for others, it may not begin until ages 6, 7, or 8, when their friends may begin to be curious about their adoptive family (“Why were you adopted?”).
This book works well when the children doing it can read and write.
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