- Lauren Dungy
- Shaunti Feldhahn
- Tim and Darcy Kimmel
- Betsy Landers
- Dr. Walt Larimore
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Articles by Dr. Walt Larimore
- Your Child Needs a Well-Child Checkup
- You Are the Key to Your Teen’s Well-Being
- Why Energy Drinks Are Bad for Your Teeth
- Why Bottled Water is Bad for Your Teeth
- Why Baby Media Does Not Advance Learning
- Whooping Cough Epidemic
- What Is the Genetic Link With ADHD?
- What Is My ADHD Child Feeling?
- What about Adopted Children?
- Weight Loss That Works…and Keeps Working
- The Ten Commitments of Great Parents
- The Teen Years--Ready, Set, Go
- The Parental Team--It Takes Two
- The One Thing Your Kids Need to Avoid for A Good Night’s Sleep
- The Different Layers of Health Care
- The Death-Defying Power of Healthy Marriage
- The Crucial Importance of R.E.S.T.
- The Attributes of Great Parents
- The ADHD Child
- The ABCD's of Parenting Teens
- The 12 Ways of Hands-On Parents
- Television and Childhood Obesity
- Superfoods for Women
- Summer – Fun, Food, Fellowship, and Fat?
- Study shows no link between increased cell phone use and brain cancer incidence
- Small Changes Bring Big Results
- Showing Gratitude for Partner's Generosity
- Quality Time or Quantity Time?
- Postpartum Depression
- Poll Shows Sex within Marriage is More Fulfilling
- Obesity: Television, Video Games and Your Children’s Health
- Obesity: Soft Drinks Effect Health
- Obesity: It’s a Killer Epidemic
- Obesity: Children and Fast Food
- Loud Music and Teenage Hearing Loss
- Learn as much about ADHD as you can
- Is Chocolate the Next Super Food?
- Is ADHD Different in Boys and Girls?
- Is ADHD Associated With Risk-Taking Behaviors?
- How to Change These Four Bad Habits
- How to be Happier and More Satisfied
- How Common Is ADHD?
- Hepatitis C and Tattoos
- Healthy Holidays
- Hands-on Parenting: How it Works
- Good Relationship with Dad Can Help Fight Stress
- Fast food and your family
- Explore Treatment Options
- Dr. Larimore’s 11 Tips for Weight Loss Success
- Disciplining Older Kids
Dr. Walt LarimoreWalt Larimore, M.D. has been called “one of America’s best known family physicians.” He is a nationally-known and nationally sought after speaker and health expert. read bio
What about Adopted Children?
It may surprise you to hear that an adopted child may be at greater risk for not becoming highly healthy than a biological child in a two-parent family. In the Untied States, children living with adoptive parents are more than twice as likely to have a learning or behavioral problem as children living with their birth parents (36 percent versus 15 percent). A New Zealand study found that although adopted children in two-parent homes did significantly better than adopted children in single-parent homes, they were more likely to have higher rates of “externalizing behavior problems,” such as behavior disorders, juvenile offending, and substance abuse.
Does this mean that parents shouldn’t adopt children? Absolute not! Every child is precious in God’s eyes and deserves the chance to be loved. The Bible places a special emphasis on the value of orphaned children. God himself adopts us as his children. Adoption affords the opportunity for a couple to come alongside a child who needs physical, emotional, and spiritual nurturing. Adopting and caring for orphans is one of the most sacrificial, loving things a couple can do.
Do keep in mind, though, the unique issues that can greatly influence a child’s health. Some boys and girls who were abused or unloved prior to adoption react to those painful experiences in a variety of negative ways. Others struggle with identity problems and wonder why their “real” mothers and fathers didn’t want them. Once they become adolescents, many are driven to find their biological parents.
As with many other behavioral issues, the critical factors are each child’s particular temperament and the ways in which he or she is loved, nurtured, and raised by his or her parents. A 1985 study of forty-four families with biological children only, forty-five with adopted children only, and forty-four with biological and adopted children showed that adoptive placement of a child in a mixed family does not affect the biological child’s overall adjustment and may, in fact, have positive effects on the adopted child. In general, a child does much better in a two-parent adoptive home than in a single-parent home. Adoptive children living with unmarried mothers are more likely to have a wide range of poor health measures. My deepest hope is that highly healthy parents won’t be reluctant to adopt children because they‘re afraid of the problems that might develop. As I’ve tried to make clear, every child has unique challenges; every child is difficult to raise. Without a doubt, every child requires all the creative energy and skill a parent can muster. But every child is worth the effort, and there is no higher calling than to do an excellent job of raising highly healthy children.
Taken with permission from the book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child by Walt Larimore, M.D. with Stephen & Amanda Sorenson, (Zondervan).
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