Oh, adoption questions. When your family stands out a little or is put together a little differently, people are going to ask questions. Maybe they’re curious. Maybe they’re nosy. Maybe they’re just trying to make polite conversation. Maybe they’re genuinely interested in you.
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Since we adopted our first son from China in 2012, we’ve been asked some really crazy questions that run the spectrum from funny to “holy crap did they really just say that?” Here are 6 annoying adoption questions that most often make me roll my eyes…and people, I am an expert eye-roller.
Six Annoying Adoption Questions
Do they know they’re adopted?
My kids are clearly Asian. If you are halfway sober or have an IQ above six you will pick up on the fact that my husband and I are not Asian. We’re banking on the kids eventually figuring out they come from a different gene pool.
In all seriousness, we talk about adoption all the time. Our children know they’re from China and that we chose them to be in our family. We’ll add more detail as they grow up, but this covers things for now.
Can’t you have your own kids?
These kids woke me at five-thirty this morning demanding Dora and French toast. I hate Dora, by the way. Not as much as I hate Caillou but Dora is pretty bad. Just putting that out there.
But seriously, one of these days, the fact that people see them as anything other than my own might bother my kids. People probably don’t think about that when they ask if I can “have my own.” And seriously – we’re talking about my uterus, here. If we’re going to talk about my lady stuff, shouldn’t you be offering to buy me a drink or something?
Where are their real parents?
I know people mean birth or biological parents. I won’t beat someone up for word choices but they might take offense at my answer:
None of your business.
My children’s birth parents chose life. Beyond that, we expect people to understand this may be a tender subject someday. It may not be, but until they’re old enough to decide how this info is shared, we don’t discuss it openly or casually…especially in front of them.
Where did you get them?
I usually answer with some form of “they’re from China” because I know that’s what the question really is. I am always tempted to say “Costco” and watch the looks on people’s faces. One of these days…
How much did they cost?
Uhhh…is that your real hair color? Your eyebrows don’t match your hair, and what is that on your chin? A birthmark or a zit?
Seriously, if you’re curious about the cost of adoption, Google it. Call an adoption agency or a layer.
And why do you really need to know? By the way, I have a nice lady I met in Target that is solely resonsible for this question.
I was on vacation and had forgotten to pack underwear. My two kids were running around the ladies lingerie section like little Energizer Bunnies on blue meth. Yes. I love being asked about finances while holding a six pack of boring briefs. Who doesn’t?
Now that you’ve adopted, do you think you’ll get pregnant?
See number two.
Not everyone adopts because they can’t pop babies out of their hoo-hah. Some people have strong feelings about bringing more kids into the world or providing a home to a child who needs a family. Maybe it’s best not to assume.
I know there are adoptive families out there that don’t mind these kinds of questions, or even welcome them. I know there are parents who would have seen the nosy-body biddy in Target as an opportunity to educate people about adoption.
I’m not one of those people.
I’m obviously not ashamed of our family’s adoption story and I’ll share it with the right person at the right time for the right reason. I get to decide the terms, not someone I don’t know that’s having a moment of random curiosity.
I don’t get offended because people ask me these questions. Maybe I should, but for the most part, I am used to it. I expect it. I’ve even gotten good at gauging that gleam in someone’s eye when they’re about to ask me something that isn’t any of their beez. My response is usually to smile, nod and move along, unless you’re straight up obnoxious or I’m in a really crappy mood.
It doesn’t bother me that much when people ask adoption questions…but why does it bother people when they find I don’t want to answer them?
Because we just want to be a family.
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