Adoptees View of Adoption
Adoptees view of adoption can shape their identity, their relationship with their adoptive parents and later successes and failures in life.
That's why it's so crucial to discuss adoption openly with your child when he is ready to hear about his adoption.
But how do you get started?
Adoptions and Secrets
Not that long ago, those in the adoption industry encouraged both birth parents and adoptive parents to remain mum on the topic of adoption.
Back then there were some legitimate reasons for this.
A woman who gave birth out of wedlock would be viewed as a fallen woman, and her child would be seen as illegitimate.
Plus some people didn't consider adoption to be a legitimate type of family relationship.
But things have changed considerably in recent years, and keeping secrets about adoption has never been a good thing from the adoptees view.
A child who learns about his adoption later in life or worse, learns a secret about his adoption from an outside source learns to distrust his parents and feel insecure.
After all, he may reason, if they hid this secret from him, what else are they hiding?
Secrecy about adoption can make a child feel excluded and ashamed of his adoption.
And while you shouldn't discuss the adoption of your child with everyone you meet, you should be completely open with your child about his adoption from the very beginning and start sharing the details of the adoption and the reason for it when he is about twelve.
Talking about it now and then will let your child know it's okay to bring up the topic.
Betsy Keefer and Jayne E. Schooler, authors of the book, Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past
provide tips on initiating conversations about adoption, including the following:
Watch Movies and Television Programs About Adoption
Great movies like Anne of Green Gables: The Collection
are a great way to initiate talks about your adoption.
Watching movies or television shows with your child that have an adoption theme gives you an easy way to discuss your own adoption.
How is the story you're watching similar to your own adoption experience, and how is it different?
Talking about the similarities and differences can then lead to a deeper conversation.
Take Advantage of Holidays
The gotcha day, when you and your child first met is a natural time to discuss adoption, but other holidays, such as Mother's day is also a good time.
Using this time to discuss adoption can help your adoptees view of their adoption become positive.
For example, you can suggest your child make a mother's day card for her birthmom and put it in her memory scrapbook.
and Other Key Times of the Year
Admiring Traits and Talents
Commenting on physical characteristics or talents is another way to bring up the topic of adoption in a positive light.
The next time you tell your daughter she has beautiful eyes, wonder aloud whether she got those eyes from her birth mom or birth dad.
The same would go for her athletic abilities.
Accomplishments and Achievements
The next time you praise your child for something he has achieved, make a point of saying,
"I bet your birth parents would be really proud of you right now."
It's a good way to let your child know their birth parents are likely thinking about him and that they care.
How to Become a Positive Parent
Teach your children that good behavior will lead to positive benefits.
There are a number of ways to do this, including using a parenting program that allows children to earn tickets for demonstrating good behaviors and positive values.
Learn to modify your child's behavior by watching your language.
By stating commands in the positive rather than the negative, you can teach your children in subtle, yet powerful ways.
You can practice better discipline methods by teaching your children that it is their behavior, rather than your anger, that has both positive and negative outcomes, eliminating your anger and frustration in the process.
Peace at Home
There are excellent programs out there to help you with this goal.
The important thing is to take a positive step toward positive reinforcement parenting.
Your home will become more harmonious, and you'll all be happier and live in a more peaceful environment.
More Information on Raising Adopted Children
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It was truly refreshing, therefore, when I stumbled across the story of one adoptee who reunited with her family in Taiwan.
An international adoption resource to help parents effectively communicate with their newly adopted children was the goal of one adoptive mom when she created Russian for Adoptive Parents and Chinese for Adoptive Parents.
These programs teach parents comfort phrases in their children's native languages. Read more.
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But these children can be just as intelligent as any other child, and raising adopted children with learning disabilities can be delightful, although they will have their own unique challenges.
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What happens to them when they are grown, and how do they feel about being adopted?
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This is the first in that series.
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Here is one adopted person's story.
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Basically, it's a controversial label used to explain hurtful and destructive behaviors in adopted children such as violence, defiant behavior, lying, stealing and reactive attachment disorder.
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But please do think twice before putting him on a prescription medication.
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Feed him this healthy oil.
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Here are some great books your child will love.
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Then you need to read this article.
As adoptive parents, we often place high expectations on ourselves as parents and it's easy to become discouraged.
That's when it's time to realize you're a normal parent with normal feelings.
A birth mother who searches for, and even comes back to take back a child she has given up for adoption.
Is this possible?
This issue was addressed recently in the hit show Glee, when teen mom Quinn, who had given up her baby for adoption in a previous season, announced she wanted to get her daughter back.
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