Late Discovery AdopteesLate discovery adoptees are people who don't learn they have been adopted until they are fully grown. While you may think you are protecting your child by waiting until he's grown to tell him he's adopted, you may cause more harm than good. Not only will it be a shock for the child, but he could also develop some real trust issues. After all, he may reason, if you weren't truthful about his birth, what else are you lying about?
Of course, if you adopt internationally, you may have no choice but to be open about your adoption. If you're an Irish gal with a beautiful Guatemalan daughter, the issue of adoption is going to come up pretty frequently every time you step outdoors. But what if your children look just like you? If you're tempted to avoid the topic of adoption with your children, don't.
Adoptees who discover they have been adopted later in life can suffer from feelings of depression, anger and betrayal. They get the message that there's something wrong with adoption and consequently something wrong with them. If it wasn't such a terrible thing, they may reason, then why did you keep it secret for so long?
Why People Hide AdoptionThirty or forty years ago, there used to be a stigma associated with adoption. Thanks to Darwinian thinking, people started placing far more emphasis on genetics rather than nurturing. Orphans were looked down upon and suspected, so to protect their adopted children, parents would fake a pregnancy or say the child was a distant relative.
Sadly, there are still people who have the stupid notion that adopted children aren't truly part of the family. I had an idiot relative once leave my son's name off of a family plaque because she felt he wasn't really a Merriam. But just because there are some stupid people in the world doesn't mean you should try to hide your child's adoption. Open discussions with your child will far better prepare him for insensitive remarks.
Memory books like this one are a great way to explain adoption to your child and others.
When to Discuss AdoptionTo avoid the trauma of being late discovery adoptees, it's important to start telling your children about their adoptions when they're still young. A memory book is a good way for your child to gradually learn about his adoption in a nonthreatening way.
But Lois Ruskai Melina, author of the book Raising Adopted Children , emphasizes that the when of telling a child is not nearly as important as the how. Your child needs to know that he can discuss his adoption with you at any time.
It's also important to let you child know that if he wants to meet his birth parent some day, you'll understand and love him, and he'll always be your son no matter what.
Don't Go OverboardAnd while you don't want your children to be late discovery adoptees, you also don't want to mention your adoption to every person you meet. Specifically, you don't want to say, "This is Johnny. He's our adopted son." Adoption is a normal process, and not a label. Don't let whatever issues you have about infertility get in the way. He's your son. You're his parent. That's all most people need to know.
How to Become a Positive ParentTeach 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 HomeThere 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 ChildrenDo you long to adopt more children, but feel like you can't afford it? Finances are the number one reason many children do not adopt a second or third child. But it can be done. We adopted all three of our children without going into debt. So can you. Learn how.
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Children that are adopted; what's the rest of their story? What happens to them when they are grown, and how do they feel about being adopted? International Adoption Facts and Information is starting a new series where we hear the stories of adults who were adopted internationally as children. This is the first in that series.
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If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, take heart; it's not nearly as difficult to raise a child with ADHD as you may think. But please do think twice before putting him on a prescription medication. Learn more.
Want to build your newly adopted child's immune system, protecting him from a host of nasty bacterial, viral and fungal infections? Feed him this healthy oil.
For the best bonding experience in the world plus the best nutrition for your newly adopted baby, consider breastfeeding him. Yes, it can be done. Read more.
Have you ever wondered what the phrase, positive parenting means? It's learning to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. Learn more.
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Nobody wants to adopt a child with serious emotional problems, but being prepared for the unexpected is the best way to successful parenting and preventing a disrupted adoption. Learn more.
Understanding the reasons why siblings fight is a good way to prevent rivalries and promote family harmony. Learn more.
Adoption books are a great way to explain adoption to young children and open the door for discussion about sensitive adoption issues such as birth parents, and why your child was placed for adoption. Here are some great books your child will love. Read more.
Learning to cook ethnic recipes from your child's country of birth will be a comfort to your older child and a great learning experience for children adopted at a younger age. Read more.
If you're waiting for your adopted child to be grown before telling him he's adopted, you may be doing more harm than good. Here's why.
If your child is of another race, make sure you teach your child to be proud of his race and to appreciate his and other cultures. Learn more.
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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. Read more.
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