There is no right age to start reading this book to your child. We’ve learned that when a child is told about their IVF, donor conception or surrogacy early it becomes something ‘they’ve always known’, avoiding a big ‘reveal’ moment. We recommend you include this book as one of your bedtime story options. As your child's understanding develops over time, you will have become practiced at telling their story.
“Telling your child how they came to be, doesn’t have to be hard! We will never stop talking about this with her, and now she has this keepsake for herself, for always. I hope she reads it as an adult one day too. I am so glad we have ALL this to show her - the true, the real, the painful yet beautiful love story that led us to the happiest day of our life when we tested positive for the first and only time ever - with our magical girl!” Victoria
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All words are editable. Different family relationships, unique aspects to your conception story – you are in control of the narrative. With The Magic of You you can create a book for your child that really is their own unique story.
Tips for communicating with your donor conceived child
- Start the conversation when they are very little
- Talk to them about their story often – it is not a ‘once and done’
- The language you use will develop as they develop
- Donor conceived people tell us it’s important that you refer to the donor as my/our donor not your donor – see our blog on ‘What to call the donor’. When they are older, your child will decide what they want to call their parent’s donor.
- We recommend you join groups on social media that include donor conceived adults and follow hashtags like #donorconceived - they give an insight into what your child may experience.