With the holidays coming up, there is a lot of excitement, love, happiness, traveling, and visitors. This can be an overwhelming season for your newly adopted child. You can still make travel arrangements or guest accommodations and continue your traditions, while making sure your child is feeling safe and included.
Understanding their physical and mental health is key for the needs of your child. This knowledge will help you as the parent make the best decisions for them during the holiday season for the transition into your home.
Educating yourself about any cultural differences and traditions with your child and adding these differences to your holiday planning will help them feel included. This will also give your extended family a way to get to know them in a way that won’t bring up sad memories of their life before you adopted them. Starting new traditions and having your child help is a great way to transform some of the sad emotions they might be feeling into happy emotions and new memories.
Empathizing with your child’s feelings during the holidays is very important. Your child may be feeling a loss, if they remember past holidays with their birth family. They could be dealing with the anxiety of meeting new family members and starting new traditions. Make sure that the emotions they might be experiencing are met with understanding. Make sure your child feels secure and accepted in their family.
Communicating with your extended family and friends would be a great way to avoid any issues that could come up during conversation. For example: Your guests will be curious of the child’s past, which could be sad or angry memories for them. Remind them to be sensitive and not ask about the child’s past. It is okay to keep that part of their life private.
At ABC for Adoption we want to provide you a smooth transition with your new child.
Our mission is to insure permanent homes with loving adoptive families for children placed in our care. We have professionals to guide you through that process. Please call us anytime at 847-821-2901 or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.