When Parents are the Educators

Thinking about talking about adoption at your child's school? Make sure she's okay with it first.

The day our four-year-old son became a naturalized citizen, his entire preschool class attended the ceremony. Earlier that day, I had spoken to the class about national boundaries and citizenship — in terms appropriate for the preschool crowd, of course. Then I passed out American flag cake decorations, and we all made the one-block trek to the federal courthouse. This was one of the opportunities I took to talk to my children's classmates over the years. I also supplied the ...

Raising adoption awareness at school can protect your child from thoughtless remarks and benefit classmates, teachers, and the school community. Just be sure to tread lightly and respect boundaries, especially your child’s.


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