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“What a China Doll!”: Dealing with Unwelcome Comments from Strangers

“What a China Doll!”: Dealing with Unwelcome Comments from Strangers

When excessive attention sets children apart — advice on responding from several mothers of internationally adopted children.

by Carrie Howard

When I go out in public with my three-year-old daughter, Tessa, I have to prepare myself to deal with her hordes of admirers. My husband and I jokingly call her our little ambassador of goodwill because of the smiles she elicits, although she does nothing to encourage people and seems oblivious to the attention. I can’t get through the supermarket without being stopped by a stranger or two exclaiming over her beauty; little old ladies have practically chased me down the aisle to tell me that my daughter is adorable….

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