Psychologists feel that it needs more effort from the parents to make the child feel pleasant and at ease in his new home and gradually make him a part of your family. Hence, the transition period needs to be made easier.
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Here are a few tips you can follow patiently to allow the child some time to mix with your family.
- Give them a separate room: For an adopted child to feel welcome, it is important to make them open up emotionally. Designate a separate room if the child is old enough to be alone and decorate it according to their preferences. Ask them to help you decorate it, and give them time to process this change. If you have brought home a small baby, create a nursery area with all their favourite toys to play with.
- Set a routine: Every family has a set routine that they follow every day. Make the adopted child also understand and follow the customs so that they feel welcome and get accustomed to the others.
- Assign them chores: If you have adopted an older child the best way to include them in the family is to assign them the chores that you and other members of the family also indulge in. This will help create a bond between the parents and the child. Make them help you in the kitchen or organise cupboards. They can also lend you a hand in the garden.
- Celebrate small incidents: To make the adopted child feel involved and open up to you, celebrate even small happenings or occasions with them, like their first day in school. This will help them open up and express their feelings towards you.
Bottom line: Parenting is not an easy task. Everyone has their struggles and achievements and so there is no guide to being perfect parents. But it does become a daunting task to bring home an adopted child and blend him into the family. You have to take care of his mental health, which needs to be checked every once in a while.
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.