Thanks to Central Penn Parent Magazine for highlighting Multi-Ethnic families in their November issue, out now. It was a treat speaking with journalist Jennifer Autry about the joys of parenting our Ethiopian-born daughter, Aster. I think it is fantastic when parenting magazines respect and honor that in the USA we annually make a point to bring awareness to adoption in the month of November. Parenthood.com is another publication who, this year, honored adoption this month by publishing my article, The Joys of Adoptive Parenting. Thank you so much, Parenthood.com!
There are so many things that I love about being Aster’s mom, and the fact that we were born in different countries is just one of them. This month is a great time to take a moment and reflect on how diversity comes into play in your family, your community, and your view of the world. Before we became a multi-ethnic family via adoption, I did not think much about it. Now, however, it seems that socially important topics come into play often.
For example, Aster starts kindergarten next fall, and I am concerned about finding a school, even if not the one we are zoned to attend, that provides a modicum of diverse cultures, color, and families. Whether a child is parented by a gay couple, raised in a bi-racial home, adopted from anywhere in the world, including our own, it is important that I take the time to research who her peers will be for the next several years.
November provides a few weeks to celebrate adoption, and include topics in your family conversations that discuss what this means to each member. But also, for us, it is a time to remember that families come in all sorts of flavors, and that love really is all that matters.