There is no one correct way to parent any child. This is especially true when it comes to adopting internationally. Hard-and-fast parenting rules don’t apply. Your adopted child may take longer to potty-train; he may need to sleep with you for years; your child may not begin to eat well balanced meals for a long time. Being flexible when parenting any child is important—when parenting an adopted child, especially a child adopted internationally, being flexible is essential. It is hard, but important, to ignore what other people (friends, family and strangers) may think and/or say about your parenting. Being a “conscious parent” will mean that you will be flexible in order to meet your child’s specific needs.