13 Tips for Adoptive Parents During the Year of FirstsNovember 2, 2018
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The joy of bringing a new child home in time for the holidays is a marvelous feeling for adoptive parents. Gulf Coast Adoptions knows that this can also come with some challenges for these families, especially in the first year. Consider these tips to make the holidays as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
your traditions carefully. Holiday traditions are a big part of memories
for children. Consider adding some that incorporate your child’s ethnicity
or birth culture.
- Carve out
alone time. You don’t want your family overwhelmed by always having places
to go. Planning some downtime can give everyone a chance to refocus and
your child’s birth parents if you have an open adoption. Some adoptive
parents invite the birth parents to a gathering; others choose to just
the milestones. A picture of your child’s visit to Santa or a written
account of your child’s first parade are nice things to include in your
child’s memory box.
- Share your
joy. Your family members might want to meet your new little one. Plan for
time to make this happen during the holidays, but remember that large
gatherings might overwhelm the child.
- Set clear
rules. If you are just bringing your child home, you need to ensure that
family members know your rules. For example, washing their hands before
touching a newborn keeps the baby protected. Avoiding kisses on the baby’s
face might also be necessary.
- Avoid sick
individuals. The winter is the prime season for influenza and RSV. Ask
that anyone who is sick avoid spending time with your new family so that
your holidays aren’t filled with illness.
Gulf Coast Adoptions is here to help connect adoptive and birth families. Contact us to find out more about our services.