Meeting half-siblings

TorbabiesA woman with two young children wrote to say that a half-sibling of her kids was traveling to the U.S. from another country and wanted to meet, since the children shared the same sperm donor. The mother didn’t feel prepared to talk to her kids about how they were connected, yet didn’t want to miss the opportunity to meet.

Here’s the advice I offered:

Even though it might not seem like it now, having meaningful conversations with our kids over time about what makes a family and who is important to us are great bonding experience. The earliest conversations won’t seem like it, but are laying the groundwork for the deeper conversations to come.

This is just the beginning of lifelong exploration of how we consciously build connections, or not, with the people around us.

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