Effective Strategies To Help Your Adopted And Biological Child Bond
Getting a new sister or brother can be a massive transition for any kid, especially if this new sibling has a different history and does not resemble the family.
If you have one or more children of your own, but you feel you have more to offer, you may adopt a baby. To ensure harmony in your brood consisting of one or more adopted children as well as one or more biological children, here are some effective strategies that you can apply to enjoy happy family life.
Explain adoption to your adopted child
The first step is to let your adopted child know that they are a valuable and unique part of your family to make them feel secure. This is essential because when a child learns that they are adopted, they might feel insecure. Make them feel like an integral part of your family so that they do not feel unwanted or like they don’t belong there, with their other siblings. You may begin by sharing their adoption story and your reasoning behind their adoption to help them feel more loved, valued, and secure.
Explain adoption to your biological children
You also need to help your biological children understand and accept the new family changes and dynamics that they are about to experience with a new sibling. Suddenly having a new sibling is not easy, especially when they don’t have the same biological parents.
Help the new member understand that they fit in
Since the new member is not your biological child, they might not be aware of their place in your family. It is imperative for the new member to know where they belong and how they bring a difference to your family. You must help them to be a part of the family that they were not born in.
Help your biological children understand the value of their siblings
Initially, your biological child may face difficulty in understanding their adopted sibling, but they will soon get accustomed to it as they have the stability of being born into the family. You must help them understand that their adopted sibling is also a part of the family, just as they are. Teach them that being adopted does not make them any different.
Nip jealousy in the bud
At times, your biological child might doubt their credibility to the family, owing to the presence of their adopted sibling in the family. To convince them that they are not losing their value, ensure that they feel loved even after the adoption to prevent feelings of abandonment and envy.
Follow these strategies to help your biological and adopted children mesh, irrespective of the circumstances.