Win a Mandarin Picture Word Book (Coloring Book)

Written by Kay on . Posted in Contests and Give-A-Ways

I love how my sites can be used to share information between many groups of adoptive parents—those who know each other from other sites, and those who don’t. One discussion we had in the past that proved to be very interesting and enlightening is ‘How your children handle discovering they are different.” I’ll be giving away 2 Mandarin Picture Book to help your children learn Mandarin words — and have fun coloring while they do it. Just follow the following guidelines and thanks for your participation and willingness to use your stories to help others:

1. Comment below if you remember either when your child suddenly discovered they were different than you, or when they were faced with ignorance of someone teasing them about their ethnicity. How did you handle it?

2. Post this url to this contest on your blog, site or face book.

I’ll draw for the winners on July 4!

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Comments (11)

  • Liz Armetta

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    Just yesterday, my 7 year old daughter, Emily Mei, who was adopted in 2006, commented at the dinner table that everyone at the table was American and she was Chinese. I told her that she was born in China, but now she is an American Citizen. This was the first time since she has been home that she commented on the fact that she was Chinese. I would love for her to receive one of the Mandarin Coloring books.

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  • Jean Keating

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    One day, I decided to have a “Conversation” about differences, so that we could discuss ways to handle this if(when) people made rude comments. So I said, “Honey, do you know how you look a bit different from Mama?” His response, “Oh, wait, let me check!” as he ran off to the mirror!

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  • Heike McDoniel

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    I love everybody’s story above. We adopted Maria Xiao Tian just 7 month ago. She is 7 years old and from China. Maria always likes to ask me personal questions around bed time. One night she said: “Mama, was I from your belly?” “No Maria, you were born in my heart,” I replied.
    She was very happy about that answer, as she is still trying to put the puzzle pieces together.
    Another night she asked: “Mama, how did you find me?” One day I received this picture of this beautiful girl and I knew that is my baby,” I answered. Again, she giggled and hid with a smile under her blanket. Maria Xiao Tian knows she came to our home in a different way, but all that matters to her is that she now has a Forever Family. She understands that she was not from my belly, but we help her understand that her birth mother loved her very much and trusted me to take care of her baby.

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  • Lynette Fasnacht

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    Our daughter, Caylei Hope, came home from Jiangxi Province in Dec 2007. She is now 3 1/2 years old. She already understands that she was not in my belly and that she comes from China. As Caylei continues to grow and understand, I want her to know that her ‘first mommy’ loved her so much but that she was unable to care for her. And that’s why Jesus gave us the desire to come to China and adopt her.

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  • Sue Bachman

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    Our daughter, Natalie Jade HongHu, now age 5, came home in April 2006. From the very first day, we always talked about China, how wonderful it was and how GOD placed her there for my husband and I to go and get her. Fast forward to present, we just brought our long awaited son home from Taiwan at 8 months. Natalie came to me the other day and asked if GOD left Jake there for us to bring home like he did for her. She talks all the time about how we traveled a long way to bring her home. She does not feel different, she feels blessed that GOD would bring her family together in such a special way. Little does she know just how blessed my husband and I feel to have her as our daughter and now Jake as our son. GOD is all mighty.

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  • RamblingMother

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    G realized we weren’t the same when I was discussing the possibility of adopting a child from Ethiopia who would have “brown” skin like a pre-school classmate of hers; to which she responded with, “But I want her to yook yike us.” I had to tell her that we didn’t look the same and she has been processing that ever since. She was about 3 1/2 I guess. We never did add another to the family or rather haven’t yet. She still wants a baby sister.

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  • Julie

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    My daughter is 3 1/2 and she hasn’t said much about being different yet. Every once in a while she will hold her arm up against mine and say how she has pretty tan skin. This weekend was different though, she started crying and ask me why her Chinese mommy couldn’t keep her. It was heartbreaking and I’m sure just the beginning of her discoveries and our discussions.

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  • Jon

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    Hi Kay,

    That’s a really nice gesture to give away those books.

    I thought you might also be interested in having some pictures that kids can color in right here on your site. You could create some simple pictures with the Mandarin words similar to what is in the book.

    “My Coloring Book” can be easily embedded into any site and lets you add your own pictures. Check it out here…

    http://www.keasoftware.com/MyColoringBook

    All the best

    Jon

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  • Leda

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    You know Kaylee, hasn’t really gotten to that point yet, nor have we had a problem (we live in a diverse city) but, I will say when she was three I was going to get my nails done and I decided on a whim to take Kaylee with me. We walked in and all the ladies in the shop working were mostly Vietnamese. She looked at them and looked at me, and then… See More she turned around and at the top of her lungs announced, “Hi, I’m Chinese!” I was so surprised and so were they but everyone just started laughing and saying how cute they were. It was amazing to me that she realized that she was “like” them and didn’t quite know how to express it. It was very cute…and they definitely fawned over her the whole time we were there 🙂 Going to post this on my facebook page now!

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  • Kay Bratt

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    The winners are Jean and Leda! Please send me your mailing addresses and I will get the books in the mail asap–Congrats.

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