Sometimes, especially when referring to others, we fail to understand the value of the words we use on a daily basis.
Society as a whole defines a mother as someone who has used her or his eggs to conceive and give birth to a kid. The fact that millions of people around the world become parents through adoption is sometimes ignored for whatever reason.
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, actress Sandra Bullock is speaking out and demanding an end to the practice. She has two adoptive children of her own, and in her eyes, they are just as close to her as any child she would have given birth to organically. Even though she isn’t their biological mother, she nonetheless exhibits the same maternal instincts 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 numerous honors over her career. She is also among Hollywood’s highest-paid actors; 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.
There’s no denying that Bullock has a sterling commitment to helping others and a heart of gold. For one, the actress is a fervent supporter of the American Red Cross and has given millions of dollars to the charity.
But in recent years, Bullock’s kids and her opinions on motherhood and adoption have been the center of media attention. Bullock declared in 2010 that she will be adopting a son who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, that year.
The Academy Award winner explained her decision to pursue adoption in a chat with Parenting.
“I did consider that maybe not. After that, Hurricane Katrina struck,” the Blind Side actor recalled. I’m about to cry. When Katrina hit New Orleans, I had a feeling that my child was there. Bullock remarked, “It was strange.
Currently, 57-year-old Bullock is the mother to Laila, 8, and Louis, an 11-year-old African-American child. As previously noted, Louis was adopted from New Orleans in 2010. Laila spent the first part of her life in foster care in Louisiana before she arrived at the Bullock residence in 2015.
Louis, in Bullock’s opinion, is a good-natured child with strong leadership qualities. Laila, on the other hand, has been referred to be a youthful fighter and a fearless girl.
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 of her children’s right to privacy.
Bullock publicly demanded that society and the mainstream media stop maintaining the antiquated pretense that adopted children should be referred to as such.
Let’s just just call these kids “our kids,” please. Not “my adopted child,” please. No parent refers to their child as a “IVF child” or a “oh sh*t, I went to a bar and got beat up child.” Say “our children,” for example. By Bullock
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 child.
She wants to give her kids a completely normal upbringing while simultaneously keeping them close to her. The protective mother went so far as to sue a tabloid in 2015 for using pictures of her daughter Laila without her permission.
The Hollywood actress recently attracted notice when she discussed the difficulties of raising Black children. She got to know Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Jada Pinkett-Smith during an interview 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 asserts it would greatly simplify matters in terms of how people view them as a family.
Bullock admitted, “To say that I sometimes wish our skin tones matched…
“Because if it were the case, people would approach us more easily. I feel the same way about it being my babies as a woman with brown skin does. or a white mother bearing white children.”
Bullock was in agreement with Bandfield-Norris and Pinkett-Smith.
Willow Pinkett-Smith was also present in the studio. According to Willow, a mother-child connection should not be affected by a child’s skin color.
“The mother-child dynamic is at play. There isn’t a shade. Willow began to say, “We don’t have to put a color on..,” when Bullock interrupted.
In response, the actress expressed her wish that no one would judge her family based solely on their skin tone and that they would be able to “see with new eyes.”