So I was reading this post on another website. A woman was adopting her four year old foster child. Confused about the process, the little boy asked what adoption meant. To illustrate, she took him to the animal shelter and they adopted a dog. "See, he didn't have a home so we are taking him to our home to be a part of our family." They had the dog a month and she came home and he had chewed up something and she took the dog back to the pound. Now she doesn't understand why the child is in hysterics and is now acting out because he has been traumatized by this little illustration-gone-wrong! WTF is wrong with you?
First of all, you adopt a dog thinking that you wouldn't have to take the time to train it?
Second of all, you give away the dog for something that is so basic and easy to correct?
Third of all, it didn't occur to you that this would upset the child? He came home from Pre-K to hear "Oh, your dog? I took him back to the pound because he chewed the phone cord. Come and give mommy a hug!" Taking the adoption comparison completely out of the equation, that is still stupid and cruel!
One friend of mine did manage to use this illustration with success when she found out that her neighbor's kids (11 and 4yo twins) were being severely abused and she decided to foster them and eventually adopted them. She adopted a dog from the shelter to illustrate to the four year old twins, who didn't understand. They welcomed the dog as a member of the family, corrected her bad manners, and have had her for two years. Later, when they moved, they ended up with a stray and she became part of the analogy too. It's a good way to show a child what adoption means, you just have to be careful and think it through.
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