Raising an Adopted Child

Many people have asked me over the course of the past 2 and a half years, “how is raising an adopted child different than raising a biological child?” During an average day in our lives David and I hardly ever think about the fact that our daughter is adopted. We do spend a lot of time thinking about  how to get her to eat her breakfast, not run in the house, and to do what she is told to do. We think a lot about how to raise her to be a person who loves God and life. We think a lot about when will this phase of testing boundaries be over.  You may be thinking, “that sounds just like parenting a birth child.” Well it is.

We are raising her in the same way that we raised Caleb. At this point in our lives and in hers raising Madilyn is just like raising a biological child. As she grows that may change and we pray that we are prepared to parent her and answer her questions when she comes to fully realize what it means to be adopted. While her adoption was a one time event the word adopted will always be used to describe how she came to be a part of our family. She is now and will always be our daughter.  In the grand scheme of things David and I are just parents and like most other parents we plan on doing what it takes to raise her right.

**Photo by Donna Lloyd - Jan. 2010


One Response to “Raising an Adopted Child”

  1. Donna says:

    “She is just as much a part of our family as anyone else–we love her unconditionally. Also, I LOVE this photo!!” From: Grandma Diane Lloyd via Facebook.