If you have children, you may be well aware that parenting requires a lot of patience, perseverance, sensitivity and emotional strength. This is even more important if you are an adoptive parent in Iowa who has taken in children from less-than-ideal circumstances. At Janssen Law, PLC, we are familiar with the unique challenges adoptive parents face.

According to the Huffington Post, there are specific behaviors that you should avoid if you desire to be a mindful and sensitive parent to your adopted children. These include the following:

  • Take adoption literally: Once you have legally adopted your child, you should forgo any reference to him or her as your adopted child. Rather, learn to love and treat him or her as your child and encourage extended family members to be sensitive to this fact as well.
  • Expect honor and acknowledgement: You have undoubtedly made sacrifices to adopt a child and give him or her a good home. However, never feel entitled to acknowledgement and special honor from your child. There will be opportunities to experience another’s admiration without compromising humility and sensitivity.
  • Overshare: If you have an adopted child, chances are you know a lot more about his or her past than anyone else. Refrain from sharing your child’s story with everyone you meet which can cause embarrassment, anxiety and even anger for certain children. If something regarding your child’s past comes up in conversation, use your creativity to protect your child’s comfort and self-esteem.

Remember to also be mindful of people who may not understand your situation, your reason for adopting or your child’s backstory. Try to be aware that some people simply do not understand and certainly do not mean to offend you or your child. As you remain sensitive to the needs and feelings of your child, you can be a mindful adoptive parent and provide emotional stability and understanding. Visit our web page for more information about adopting a child