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Tips to celebrate the holidays with a newly adopted child

Most people look forward to the holiday season. Sometimes, they even start their Christmas shopping in July. But adopted families may have a layer of stress underneath all the joy and gratitude.

Parents of a newly-adopted child may feel pressure to host the best holiday season to help ease the transition for their child. Luckily, there are ways to help families navigate the winter season with additional members to their home.

Create new traditions

Holiday traditions are often magical memories for children, and each family incorporates specific rituals into their winter routine. With a new member of the family, you can start a new tradition or include rituals from the child’s birth country. It will make the family embrace a new perspective on the holidays together.

Educate other family members

Most families have a transition period while introducing an adopted child to a new home. However, you may not prepare extended family members for the change. They might make comments or ask questions about the details of the child’s life at the holiday celebration. They may even try to engage in topics that are off-limits.

It will help to discuss with the child and then with the extended family about the details surrounding the child’s adoption. It will also set a foundation for the child to talk about their adoption with friends or peers openly.

Start a conversation with your child

Along with education family members, it’s critical to have an open discussion with your child about what to expect and anything you can do to support them. They may meet many people in one celebration and feel overwhelmed the number of differences. A conversation about what the holidays allows the child to express their concerns and you to offer support as a new parent.

Manage expectations

Parents should not try to chase the perfect holiday for their new child. They should focus on making the holidays an enriching experience that will strengthen the family’s bond. Keeping realistic expectations for the celebrations will help ease the process for your child as well as you.

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