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Patty Onderko on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:38AM

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It May Be Hard to Tell Your Kids How Your Family Came to Be

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a Patty Onderko on Feb 1, 2013 at 11:26AM

It's hard enough explaining the birds and bees to children, but when your conception or adoption story involves donor sperm, donor eggs, surrogate mothers, birth parents and adoptive parents, or more, it can get extra complicated. Expect questions like, "But where did you get the sperm from?" or "Why don't I have a mom?" or "Whose belly was I in?" And expect to be flummoxed when you try to answer these questions, no matter how much you've prepared. Some families create storybooks that explain their family history. Some put together photo albums. But all families start with what ultimately holds their family together: love. And that's something that all kids can understand.

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