Sometimes, especially when talking about others, we fail to understand the meaning behind the phrases we use every day.
Society as a whole defines a mother as someone who has used her eggs to conceive and deliver a baby. However, the fact that millions of individuals throughout the world become parents via adoption is sometimes ignored.
For the parents who decide to adopt, the situation is fairly straightforward: the kids they take in are their kids, just like if they were related biologically. And yet, some people continue to distinguish them by calling them “adopted children.”
According to an interview with InStyle, actress Sandra Bullock is speaking out and demanding an end to the practices. She has two adoptive children of her own, and in her eyes, they are just as close to her as any kid she would have given birth to organically. Even though she isn’t their biological mother, she nonetheless exhibits the same maternal impulses as she would if she were.
Sandra Bullock, a Hollywood superstar, is renowned for her outstanding performances in movie office hits including “The Blind Side,” “Bird Box,” and “Ocean’s 8.”
The actress, who is from Virginia, has received several honors over her career. She is also among Hollywood’s highest-paid performers; her estimated net worth is $250 million.
However, Bullock has never allowed her enormous wealth to define who she is. She has been referred to as “America’s sweetheart” instead. Bullock has been hailed by the media for her “friendly and direct and so unassuming” demeanor despite all of her success in the entertainment industry.
Bullock has a sterling degree of dedication to her fellow humans and a heart of gold, no doubt about it. For one, she is a fervent supporter of the American Red Cross, to which the actress has given millions of dollars.
But in recent years, Bullock’s kids and her opinions on parenting and adoption have been the center of media attention. Bullock said in 2010 that she will be adopting a boy who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, that year.
The Oscar-winning actress explained her choice to pursue adoption in a conversation with Parenting.
“I did think, ‘Maybe not.’ Then [Hurricane] Katrina happened”. “I’m going to cry … Katrina happened in New Orleans and something told me, ‘My child is there.’ It was weird.”
Currently, 57-year-old Bullock is the mom to Laila, 8, and Louis, an 11-year-old. They are all African American kids. As previously noted, Louis was adopted from New Orleans in 2010. Laila spent the first part of her childhood in foster care in Louisiana until she came to the Bullock residence in 2015.
In Bullock’s opinion, Louis is a good-natured child with strong leadership qualities. Laila, on the other hand, has been referred to as a youthful warrior and a courageous child.
The Hollywood actress has shielded the kids from the intense glare that comes with being well-known ever since adopting them. She is understandably cautious about her children’s right to privacy.
Bullock has questioned the idea that adopted children should be called as such, openly pleading with society and the media to abandon the antiquated pretense.
“Let’s all just refer to these kids as “our kids.” Don’t say “my adopted child.” No one calls their kid their “IVF child”[…]
Sandra believes that mothers have the right to request that society not distinguish between “natural” children and “adopted children” because being a mother entails much more than just giving birth to a kid.
The Hollywood actress recently attracted notice when she discussed the difficulties of raising black children. She met Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Jada Pinkett-Smith during a show with Red Table Talk. Bullock spoke candidly about parenting and what it’s like to have two adopted African-American children there.
Bullock admitted that she occasionally wished she “matched” her children’s skin tone. Bullock argues it would greatly simplify matters in terms of how others view them as a family.
The actress wished no one would criticize her family based on their skin tone and that they would be able to “see with different eyes.”