"How to Be His Mother"

Twenty-six years after placing my son for adoption, we found each other. That's when I started learning - the hard way - how to be a mom.

One mother's tale of adoption search and reunion, and learning to be a mom.
Eight years ago, I became the mother of a 26-year-old man—a virtual stranger with whom I had little in common other than a handful of genes, and no history beyond the nine months he had spent in my belly. Like many birth mothers, I had no more children after relinquishing my baby, in 1970. My sole experience with parenting came when I married 12 years later and became stepmother to my husband’s 16-year-old son. I failed miserably, although I can’t ...

Twenty-six years after placing my son for adoption, we found each other. That’s when I started learning—the hard way—how to be a mom.


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