Finding the Right Words at School

When classmates start asking questions about adoption at my son's school, I step in with a tried-and-true presentation.

Tips for explaining adoption to classmates.
One night my third-grader, Emilio, made a comment about his "real mother." We had never used this term in our home, so I was curious about its sudden emergence in his vocabulary. I asked, "When you say ‘real mother,' do you mean me or your birth mother?" "My birth mother," he answered. When I learned that he had heard the term at school, I knew it was time to present appropriate adoption language in Emilio's class. His teacher was receptive, ...

When questions about adoption start circulating at my son’s school, I step in with a tried-and-true presentation.


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