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"I still ache to have a genetic child. I thought the feeling would evaporate as soon as [my daughter] was born. Now I think my acceptance of the situation will grow, but it is something that will always be with me."
In the March/April 2011 issue, one mom shared her thoughts on using donor eggs before becoming pregnant and after her first daughter was born. How do your feelings compare with this mom's? If you adopted, how often do you think about this fact? If you and your partner conceived via donor-assisted reproduction, how often do you think about the fact that only one of you has a genetic tie to your child? Frequently, or not at all?
Most parents are already squeamish about talking with children about sex, and the conversation can get even more complicated when adoption’s part of the picture.
In "Birds, Bees, and Adoption" we offered expert advice on navigating discussions, from the earliest questions — "Did I grow in your tummy?" "Did I come from an airplane?" — to complex queries from teens about birthparents and sexuality.
How old was your child when he started asking about birth and babies? How did you respond? Share your experience using the comments section here.
It is important to begin talking about adoption as soon as you come home.
Rather than approach it as a lecture, in "Our Family Adoption Story," Fran Eisenman explains how you can make telling your preschooler his adoption story a deeply personal, happy experience. How do you tell your family’s adoption story? How do you refer to your child’s birthparents?
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In the January/February 2011 issue of Adoptive Families magazine, you'll notice a few design changes. Do you approve?
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