6 Ways to Incorporate Adoption into Your Holiday Traditions
By Xihan Sun
If you are pregnant and have made the courageous decision of placing your baby for adoption, we want to congratulate you as you are helping create a new family. As the holiday season approaches, you may feel melancholy and second-guess your decision. What if I tell you that this does not have to be the case? Depending on the openness of your adoption, you may be able to join the adoptive family for holiday traditions. Here are six ways to incorporate adoption into your holiday traditions! If you need adoption help now, please call us at 480-900-5520, text us at 602-922-0408 or visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona
1. Open Adoption
Open adoption means that birth mothers will maintain direct contact with adoptive parents as well as make annual visits to the baby. It allows you to choose the family that adopts your baby. You will be more involved in your child’s development if you communicate openly with the adoptive parents and your child. You can find more information about open adoption at adoption agencies in Arizona. If you have chosen an open adoption plan, it is time for you to plan how you want to spend the holiday with the adoptive family and the child!
2. Discuss Adoption Plan With Your Family
Making up your mind to place a baby for adoption can be a difficult decision. The holiday season is a great opportunity to discuss adoption in Arizona with your family. Even though you’ll be deciding on your type of adoption, you can use support and advice from your loved ones. Your friends and relatives know you and can help you understand the adoption process.
3. Family Trip
The holiday season is a good opportunity for birth mothers to reach out to the adoptive parents and the child. Family gatherings are a great way to bond with your child and the adoptive parents during the holidays. You’ll get to know your child better and create unforgettable memories for you and the adoptive family. Engaging with the adoptive parents and your child through a family trip will help you be more involved in your child’s future. If the family trips go well, it is possible for you and the adoptive family to make it an annual tradition.
4. Cultural Exchange During Holiday Seasons
Finding the right adoptive family is a critical decision, and you may eventually choose transracial adoption, which happens when the baby and adoptive parents are of different races or ethnic groups. This type of adoption is becoming more common as more people realize that understanding and respecting children’s cultural backgrounds and assisting them in maintaining ties to their cultures will help them succeed in life. The cultural difference can be more obvious during holiday seasons, and it is beneficial if the adoption triad can respectfully organize cultural exchange events such as teatime cultural discussions and watching cultural films. The goal of these events is not to make your child choose which cultural traditions to follow. Instead, these events aim to help your child understand his/her origin and cultural background, as well as show your child how well various cultures can blend together.
5. Going to Holiday Markets
The holiday season is an emotional and heartwarming time for everyone. To create a wholesome experience for you, the adoptive family, and your child, going to holiday markets can be a great choice. Window shopping through warm streets while drinking hot beverages can be a new tradition for you and your extended family in the future.
6. Maintain a Positive Mindset
Even though an open adoption allows you to openly contact the adoptive family and your child, it can be difficult for you to try to incorporate your own holiday traditions with them. Don’t take it personally, and try to stay positive! Healthy and honest communication goes a long way toward relationship-building and making deeper connections. Mutual understanding of each other can be helpful in these situations.
To All Birth Mothers During the Holidays
It is never too late to decide to go with adoption in Arizona. Here at Adoption Choices of Arizona, we want to offer you all of the help and resources we can to make your adoption experience as easy as possible. There are many adoption agencies in Arizona for you. The adoption journey is unique to each person, and we are always here to help you. For adoption resources or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call us at or text us at 602-922-0408. If you are a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please, instead, visit us here!