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Blog THIS: Today is Saunter Day; Are There Cicada Bras?; Pick Your Kid’s Birthday; Stupid Keyboards — 8 Comments

  1. My youngest brother’s birthday is November 25, so his birthday invariably gets built into Thanksgiving.

    His daughter’s birthday is December 29. They have settled on celebrating her “half-birthday” in June so as to avoid the “But I’m not Jesus!” birthday wail.

    Brian’s last blog post..To Boldly Go Where Everyone Has Gone Before

  2. Ben is a saunterer. I never saunter. I’m either stock still or rushing about.

    I correctly guessed all three of my younger kids’ birthdays although only Matt was induced (but the decision to induce wasn’t made until the day he was born, when I’d already predicted the day). And all of them were born 1-2 weeks before their due dates. Moms know stuff.

    Gretchen’s last blog post..Told You So.

  3. When we adopted my son (2000) there was a fairly common (but maybe somewhat unknown?) practice of giving an internationally adopted child a “new” birth date to more suitably match his/her retarded physical/social/emotional development caused by years of institutionalization.

    Sometimes a kid would end up (on paper) a whole year or 18 months YOUNGER than he/she actually was.

    [More…] I’m not talking about choosing an approximate birth date when the true/real birth date is unknown (in the cases of ‘abandoned’ children where no known info exists) I’m talking about rebirth(dating) a child knowingly.

    I don’t even know if it’s legal in the US to do this to any person (adopted or not) – but I know it has, and probably still does happen, in international adoptions, most likely on the international legal/adoption side of things (i.e. before the child ever reaches US immigration).

    Isn’t there (or shouldn’t there be) something about falsifying a birth certificate that is not only ethically wrong, but downright illegal?

    I always thought the practice was weird/wrong/uncalled for… and just kinda creepy. How can a parent “rebirth(day)” a child and completely dismiss months and months of his/her life as if they’d never existed?

    It seems that giving a child a new birthday is almost like pretending the child is a completely different person – which only adds to negative adoptive parent stereotypes. It proves that the adoptive parents want to dismiss the child’s nature, culture and “original existence” and it will most definitely add to the confusion the adopted will deal with later in life.

    While I understand the want of any child’s parent(s) to see their child among peers to whom he/she can relate to on similar levels, I feel the better alternative is to keep the child’s REAL birth date and follow the child’s lead when it comes to schooling, friendships and learning.

    Krissi from Krississippi’s last blog post..Adoption: Rebirth(dating) a Child

  4. @Krissi: No kidding! See that’s what’s cool about this whole blogonia thing. I now know something I didn’t even have a clue about before.
    Thanks for weighing in. I think I’ll saunter over and read your post.

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