11. You're automatically in the Hollywood Adoptive Mother Cool Club with Madonna and Angelina Jolie.
11. You're automatically in the Hollywood Adoptive Mother Cool Club with Madonna and Angelina Jolie.

11 benefits of being an adoptive mom

The adoptive mom lets go of a lot, but she receives an abundance in return, too. Here are 10 reasons why adoption rocks.

1. You get to drink alcohol at the baby shower.
2. You can mentally blame "terrible twos," failed math tests, back talk, lack of coordination, bed wetting or exorbitant orthodontist bills on random, unknown relatives.
3. You can verbally shut down anyone that tries to call you "breeder."
4. You don’t have to worry about postpartum depression.
5. You can still breastfeed if you want to (it’s true, a woman does not have to be pregnant to lactate)! At the same time, it’s perfectly acceptable not to breastfeed, too. (Biological mothers often report judgment from others and feelings of guilt when they choose not to breastfeed.)
6. If your child was born in a foreign country, your life is forever enriched by another culture and you, most likely, will get to travel to the child’s birth country at some point.
7. You get to gently educate people about proper adoption terminology like "birth mom" instead of "real mom" when referring to the woman who carried and delivered your child.
8. You are amazed by strengths and talents in your child that aren't included in your gene pool.
9. You get to be a parent and still maintain a rockin’ bod.
10. You learn, from the bottom of your heart, what the term "love makes a family" really, truly means.

Talkbacks

Broner | Nov. 4, 2009 at 4:23 p.m. (report)

I have a different way to shut someone down if they call you a breeder: "F*ck You!"

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yoppy79 | Nov. 4, 2009 at 4:13 p.m. (report)

35158 Kind of selfish, isn't it? I mean, over half of your "benefits" are all about you and not about your child and how lucky you are to have him in your life?

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rob | Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:49 a.m. (report)

35015 The 12th benefit is being part of the adopted childs forever family. We are so blessed to have him in our life.

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Victor Golf | Nov. 3, 2009 at 9:13 a.m. (report)

Must every personal daily affirmation be turned into a blog entry?

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brunocarlson | Nov. 2, 2009 at 11:35 p.m. (report)

35104 Well, my dad likes to say that I cannot blame him for my faults, traits, or other issues that I got from family genes since I was adopted. So, it is all on my shoulders.

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