Private Isn't Secret

Your young nieces and nephews won't always understand adoption. Here's how you can introduce it to them in a positive way.

Lesley was casually piling potato salad on her picnic plate at a family reunion when one of her nieces looked at her and knowingly said, “You’re not Austin’s real mother, are you?” Caught off guard, Lesley answered, “No, we adopted Austin when he was a baby. His real mother was very young and didn’t have a husband, so she asked us to be Austin’s parents.” She then spent the rest of the time at the family gathering mentally rehashing the ...

Nosy comments from strangers are one thing. But what do you do when it’s a child who’s asking difficult questions?

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