Now that you’re finally done with the adoption process, it’s time to integrate your new addition into your home. If you’ve adopted a newborn, the basic rules of parenting still apply. If you’ve adopted a child that’s a bit older, here are a few tips on how to properly care for your new little one.
Simplify Their Room
After being constantly surrounded by so many children at their foster home, having their own room can be a big deal for your child. If you get too excited and overly decorate their new room, it may be a bit overwhelming and impersonal. Bring them into a room with the basic necessities and use the decorating process as a time to bond with your child. They’ll have the opportunity to voice their opinion and feel like an individual. This will also give you the opportunity to find out their hobbies and interests.
Do Fun Activities with Them
Depending on the age of your child, they’ll be interested in playing different types of games and doing fun activities. Some companies, like A Child’s Dream, know that you should pick activities that require direct interaction or one that requires teamwork to complete. This is an opportunity to have casual conversations with your child and begin to understand how they think.
Don’t Rush Them into Meeting the Entire Family
It’s difficult enough to adjust to being with a new family, so meeting all of their new relatives at once will definitely be hard for your child. In an effort to keep your child comfortable, you can try slowly inviting people over to your house to meet the child, little by little. This way, the child feels at home and in a controlled environment, rather than being in a new place with dozens of new faces gawking at them.
Show Your Child Lots of Attention, Love, and Support
Your child may latch onto you and be your side every minute of every day until they feel comfortable. Depending on the child’s age, they may still rely on you to do the most basic things. You must be there for the child and show them that they can trust you.
Parenting is tough work, but it means the world to your child. Coming to their new home with their new parents can be like a dream come true to them. Do everything you can to provide for them, and you’ll do just fine as a parent.