Start reading to your child as early as they come into your lives. Read to your child every day even if they don’t understand word for word what is happening in the book about their adoption story. The goal is to create a setting where your child will begin to ask questions.
Besides reading being fundamentally great for your child, as an adoptive parent, it allows you to bond with your child and to show your adopted child that you are with them on this journey and they are not alone. They can trust you and believe that you love them and care for every part of their life including where they come from and their biological family.
I understand every family is busy and has so much going on, however, I cannot stress to adoptive parents how important it is that their child knows their truth. Adoption-talk needs to be continuous; not just one time.
I respect the fact that my adoptive mother and I can sit down at any time and talk about my adoption or adoption in general. I love her so much for that. It has shown me the type of love adoption provides because she never made my adoption about her; it was all about me and she was comfortable in her skin as my ‘adoptive’ mom even though to me, she is my mom.
Family is about love no matter how different parents and children may be, adopted or not.
Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn’t meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn’t even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she’s his mother-but then she starts to do just the things a mommy might do. And when she brings him home, he meets her other children-a piglet, a hippo, and an alligator-and learns that families can come in all shapes and sizes and still fit together (Amazon).
In asking her parents to tell her again about the night of her birth, a young girl shows that it is a cherished tale she knows by heart.Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a unique, exuberant story about adoption and about the importance of a loving family (Amazon).
At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.
In time for the tenth anniversary of And Tango Makes Three, this Classic Board Book edition is the perfect size for small hands (Amazon).
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