Saturday, February 28, 2009

Don't You Have Children of Your Own?

Four Adoption Terms Defined
Natural child: any child who is not artificial.
Real parent: any parent who is not imaginary.
Your own child: any child who is not someone else's child.
Adopted child: a natural child, with a real parent, who is all my own.
(Rita Laws)

Just found this online and I love it.
I have already encountered several (unintentional-I'm sure) comments that just don't sit right with me but I'm not sure how to respond. Because I have biological kids I get the "children of your own" comment. As in, "So you're adopting?" "Yes, we are" "You have children of your own though, right?". How exactly do you answer this? Yes, I do have other children? I know some of the things I think in my head can easily come off as rude. Most of the time the person is just ignorant about adoption and doesn't really deserve a rude answer. I have read tons of information on this subject but somehow when you are in the moment, every well thought out answer just flies out of your head. I guess I will continue to think about it and work on it as Makenna gets older.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have heard plenty of those crazy comments over the 21 years I have been the father of an adopted daughter. Just ignore it. When it comes to your being a parent, or a child being yours. Remember if it walks like a duck and talks like a ducks its a duck. When someone says something stupid, just say Quack Quack. It'll help you cope. Jim Stepp