While eating dinner the other night, Rhubarb posed a provocative question: "What are my birth parents and birth siblings called to you?"Reactions? Have you addressed this in your family? What names/words have you come up with?
We all paused to reflect upon the fact that there are no special terms coined for the birth families that help to form forever families. Just as my husband's mother is my "mother-in-law" because of her special place in my relationship, shouldn't my children's birth parents also receive a special term in relation to me? Likewise, since her sister and brother's birth family hold an important place in the heart of our youngest child, born into the family, what might she call them?
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
"What are my birth parents to you?"
This blog post raises a good point -- do we have adequate words to describe relationships in adoption?