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You Grew In Our Hearts

Guest Author - Brandii Lacey

Discussing adoption with your kids may seem like an overwhelming task at first. Some parents choose to start the discussion from the early years, while others prefer to wait until the child is a bit older. It's a personal decision where what's right for one family may not be right for the next.

No matter when you decide to talk about adoption, there’s a new book that can help. You Grew In Our Hearts is a must have book for adoptive families. The authors, Cameron and Vachelle Johnston, know firsthand how important talking about adoption is with your kids—they have two children through adoption. In seeking out books to help talking about adoption with their first child, they quickly realized what every adoptive parent can relate to—lack of individualized resources for families.

Rather than stay frustrated, they did something about it. And with that, You Grew In Our Hearts was born. The Johnstons took some of the more common adoption questions, and answered them in a kid-friendly book with beautiful graphics and explanations. For example, the book covers the following questions commonly asked by children who are adopted:
  1. Why didn’t my birth mother keep me?

  2. How did you know you wanted me?

  3. If I’m bad, can you un-adopt me?

The best part of this book is that that there are two versions, a customized version and a non-customized version. The customized book allows you to tell details about your child’s adoption story. There is even room to talk about how your family celebrated your child’s adoption.

Without a doubt, this is one book that tells the story of adoption in a positive, kid-friendly light. It is an exceptional way to open up the doors of communication with your kids about adoption. Doing so helps your children know that it's perfectly ok to ask questions and have conversations about adoption.

For more information on You Grew In Our Hearts, visit storyforalifetime.com, where you can take a virtual tour through the entire book.
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This content was written by Brandii Lacey. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Deanna Kahler for details.

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