6 Tips on Parenting an Adopted Child
Once your adopted child is home after a long wait it is important that you understand that the child is as anxious as you are or even more. Here are 6 tips that will help you make your child welcome at home and guide you on being a good parent.
While you may think parenting a newborn is a lot easier than an older child, think again and be prepared for some hard work and sleepless nights. Infants exhibit signs of distress that personify in continuous crying, sadness, and difficulty in sleeping, when moved to a new environment. Stay calm, and cuddle the baby. Touch, love and care in a calm environment will help your baby settle in.
Parenting Kids Between 6-12 Years Old
Children this age find solace and warmth with kids their age whom they can count as friends. Help them get over their struggle of adjustment by finding a peer group of adopted kids. This will help normalize his feelings and strengthen the kid’s sense of belonging.
Each Child Is Unique
Remember every child is unique, so is an adopted kid. Accept him or her the way they are. Allow your child to be himself especially when it comes to goals and aspirations.
Do not go overboard and overdo anything. Instead go out on small family outings, and indulge in activities that your child loves.
Research says that playing games helps kids calm down or get more alert depending on the game played. If you find your child nervous, he may need some settling down. A game like finger painting can give you some quality time together and help calm the nerves.
Find Support Groups
Enroll in a support group where you will meet other adoptive parents with whom you can share your apprehensions and relate with.