What to Expect as an Adoptive Parent Following the Adoption
First things first: congratulations on completing the adoption process! As a new adoptive parent, the impending days are bound to be the best of your life. We at Adoption Choices of Arizona want to let you know that although you should be prepared for anything and everything, there are a few instances you can definitely expect. Here are some of those:
Don’t expect to transition smoothly into your new life
Any parent can tell you it’s never easy in the beginning, and it takes a while before you’ll find yourself completely at ease. Don’t let that worry you, though! Everything takes practice before it becomes second nature. Everyone around you is willing to help you out, too, especially those with kids of their own. All you have to do is reach out and ask.
Expect people to ask you about the adoption process, but don’t feel like you have to answer
Of course, those who love you want to hear all about what you went through. There’s also a difference between prospective adoptive parents wanting to learn more about what to be ready for and nosy people wanting to know all of your business. You don’t have to condone the latter. Simply say that the adoption process was personal, and eventually when you have finally processed all of it, you’ll be happy to talk about it. You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone, really, but it’ll prevent further questions.
Expect your child to be like any other: a lot to handle at times but worthwhile
Everywhere you go, there’s a child being a handful. Don’t anticipate a difference with yours. Children, of course, get better over time, and the moments they instill happiness into you will far outweigh the times they don’t, guaranteed. Every parent-child relationship has its rocky, tough points in time. You just have to let them happen and remind yourself they don’t last forever. Your blatant love always prevails.
Look forward to the coming days. It’s a beautiful life, and with your child now by your side, it’ll be even more enjoyable than you ever thought possible. For more adoption resources, visit Adoption Choices of Arizona or text us at 1-480-900-5520.