A San Francisco Choice Mom wrote to me recently, asking how to address the half-sibling topic with her son. She’s been in contact with two lesbian couples on the East Coast who have sons from the same donor.
Here it is…the end of the month when we focused on Conscious Conversations, and it took me weeks to get to THIS conversation with you. Isn’t that the trickiness of our lives? How to make time for what matters, when the minutia of everyday gets in our way.
Madeline Feingold is a therapist on our Top 6 list of Choice Mom-friendly counselors, associated with Alta Bates IVF in San Francisco. She offered insight on the actual words a parent can use, starting at a young age, for talking to your child about donor conception. “When you describe your child’s donor conception within the framework of…
This post comes from Vera, co-editor with me of "Choice Mom Guide to Adoption," as she examines the probing questions she and her now-13-year-old twin daughters, adopted from Russia, have been asked over the years.
Years ago I collaborated with Wendy and Ryan Kramer, the mother-and-son co-founders of Donor Sibling Registry, on some new tools for families created by donor conception. This was one of them. Behind Closed Doors: Moving Beyond Secrecy and Shame” is a 100-page book about the donor sperm industry, from the perspective of three donor-conceived adults,…
We love reading stories with our kids about non-traditional families. And we actively seek information about alternative family-building for ourselves. Here are recommendations.
When your uncle is also the sperm donor who helped your lesbian parents conceive, you might presume "the" conversation about your origins would be a hard one. And what happens afterward?
Years ago, when my daughter was in kindergarten, the infamous family tree assignments started to come from school. To allow for the fact that Choice families don’t have a "father’s side" to fill in, we came up with our own solution. Now it’s become a family tradition.
Have you wondered what offspring conceived from donor sperm think about as they get older?