Parents Talk About Teaching Your Child How to be a Kid

An Original VIdeo | International Adoptive Parent Voices

Denalee Chapman December 13, 2015

How our children who are adopted internationally have lived in their orphanages will affect how they try to adjust to their new lives in our homes. We may find that our children need to actually learn how to play and how to be children. Some of our internationally adopted children have missed childhood completely. They may be afraid to make noise, to move around, or to pick up objects. When adopting internationally, it is a good idea to expect to take some time acting as a child yourself. Children mimic very well, and as you play with your child, your child will learn to be a child. It is also beneficial to have other children spend time with your newly adopted child.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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