This year, we've vowed to cut back at Christmas. Well, perhaps it wasn't a vow, but at least a serious intent to try. Then again, they are children for such a short time.
While I acknowledge that the word carries only a hint of the day's complicated meaning, to me, "Gotcha" says it all.
Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.
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By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.
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How can our close friends explain our domestic adoption of a five-year-old to their young children, ages three to six?
I’m worried that my lack of a relationship with any family members will negatively affect our impending home study report.
Our seven-year-old daughter knows her adoption story, but, lately, she's been asking a lot of questions about why she was 'given up.'
Our daughter’s birth mother says she has no idea who the birth father is. We don’t know his first name or even the color of his hair.
My younger daughter adopted her sister’s child. My granddaughter’s now eight, and knows that she was adopted, but she doesn’t know that her “Auntie” is her birth mother.
Our eight-year-old has been telling his classmates that his birth mother “gave him up” because he was “bad.”
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