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Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years [Paperback]

Patty Cogen
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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (30 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558323260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558323261
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RAISING AN INTERNATIONALLY ADOPTED CHILD is both a challenge and an adventure. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the first day 14 Feb 2014
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My daughter is now in her teens. I wish I had read this book before I adopted her! It would have explained some of the behaviour she exhibits from time to time - except that each time she has a "meltdown" it is getting worse. Hopefully, with the help of suggestions in this excellent book we will make progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth owning 25 Feb 2010
as a parent of an internationally adopted child I can only reccommend this book - full of information and insight - be sure to add it to your collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years 25 Feb 2009
By S. Mortinson - Published on
We were required by our adoption agency to read several adoption related books. Unfortunately, this book was not on the list. We've had our little internationally adopted child home for two years now, and just recently had this book recommended to us. How I wish we had read it before we even brought her home!!!! This is a GREAT book that I would highly recommend to anyone who is considering adopting or already have their child home. This book is very easy to read and understand, really down to earth. If we had read the book earlier we would have recognized some issues in our child earlier that we could have worked on much sooner. We have three biological children, and now our one adopted child. Raising an internationally adopted child is far, far different than raising a bio child. This is a great book. I'm going to tell our adoption agency that they ought to put it on their required reading list!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Behavioral Assessment with good parenting strategies 13 Jun 2008
By Life Is Good - Published on
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As a parent of an internationally adopted son, I have found this book very helpful in assessing behaviors witnessed in my son and getting to root causes to deal with them. The book also includes several games and strategies that foster attachment. Most importantly, it will help clarify your expectations regarding the parenting of internationally adopted children. This is a difficult adventure and you must always take time to relish the victories when they occur (such as when your child takes you by the hand to show you a toy for the first time).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brightly written book with honest insights 17 July 2008
By Toy - Published on
This book offers honest insights into the ebbs and flows of parenting your internationally adopted child while taking us inside the lives of families facing important decisions as parents.

The sections about teens are especially important in today's world of confusion about parenting the adolescent. Most touching to me is the respect the author shows for teens.

The book leaves the reader feeling supported, with a sense of warmth and hope that even when faced with the most challenging moments as a parent of a teen, there are proven ways to grow through them. Patty Cogen shares concrete methods to use as a parent.

This is an important book that would be useful for any parent of a child adopted from a foreign country. Clinicians interested in clear views about proactive and supportive parenting of children in general would be grateful to have this comprehensive, real-life guide close at hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spot-On Accurate 22 May 2009
By West Texas Angie - Published on
I'm typically not a fan of self-help or "the latest in research" types of books, so I was initially hesitant to buy this book. But I did buy it on strong recommendation from a friend. And I'm glad I did. Wow. As the parent of a 2 year old adopted daughter from China, I am amazed at how Patty Cogen explains behavior patterns of internationally adopted children as related to scientific research in child development and brain development. With each chapter, I feel as if Cogen is talking about my daughter and is talking to me about parenting practices that will work best with her. This is a must-read for all parents of internationally adopted children, whether those children are infants or teenagers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parenting ... all children 12 Mar 2010
By zhiraf - Published on
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We have two daughters, ages 12 and 8, who have been home with us for just over 20 months. Prior to the adoption, we took some training to meet Hague requirements. After that we went on reading and learning because we wanted to have a broad understanding of the issues we might encounter and approaches that might be useful. I estimate that we have 20 well-worn books on our adoption bookshelf. All are excellent, but this one is the best.

Although the author clearly has therapeutic preferences, she isn't trying to convince us that she is RIGHT. She offers quite practical ideas to help parents to see concrete ways of building trust and attachment, for example, and for understanding our children's difficult behaviors.

I think this book should remove 'Internationally Adopted' from its title: it would benefit all parents!
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