January 4, 2012

Expecting the Unexpected

"Parents of newborns, whether through adoption or birth, can follow a mostly predictable pattern. When the baby cries, he's hungry, needs a new diaper, or is tired. If in doubt about a child-rearing point, parents can turn to countless books and websites, as well as family and friends. And each time they meet their child's need, parents reinforce a mutual attachment.

What happens, then, to children whose needs are not consistently met in their early months and years?

They become survivors, and they're pretty amazing for it."

This is an excerpt from an article entitled, "Expecting the Unexpected", that discusses some surprising behaviors, and parenting techniques to cope with those behaviors, that you may encounter when adopting a toddler or older child. Check it out here.

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