How to Talk with Kids about
June 10, 2009 Creating a Family radio show
How do you talk about adoption with your young
child? How do you share their adoption story? When
should you start the adoption conversation? Does it matter
what you say? Join me and my guest Mary Watkins, author of Talking
with Young Children about Adoption.
- When should you start telling your
child his adoption story, at what point in the adoption
story should you start and what language should you use for
preschoolers and older children.
- How to tell the adoption story when
you have little information, such as when adopting from China. How
much supposition should you engage in? Should you try to fill in
- How do you handle the adoption
story when you have more than one child that is adopted and have
varying degrees of information about each child’s story?
- How to share difficult adoption
related information with children (birth father in jail for murder,
birth mother may have drank or taken drugs during pregnancy
resulting in learning disabilities, child’s conception was
product of rape)?
- What to tell your child when her
birth parents are still together and they kept other birth
- A teen says she would never give a
child up for adoption hurts adoptive mom’s feelings.