Preparing yourself emotionally for your newly adopted child.
Before a child is even born, parents begin to bond with their baby by observing the growing belly and feeling those first kicks. However, if you’re adopting, you may be concerned that the same chance to bond isn’t available. But Armin Brott, author of The New Father says there are many ways to create a connection before even meeting your child. “A lot of people have got some time. Sometimes it’s only a matter of months and sometimes it’s a matter of years, but there is some time between when they decide to adopt and when they actually end up with a baby, or a toddler in some cases. But there is a period where it’s sort of like a pregnancy, where you do have some time to get prepared, you realize that your life is going to be changing, and that you should be starting to pay attention to work and family types of questions. This is the time that you should be starting to pay attention to financial issues, and child safety, and getting the house ready, and it’s nice that you’ve got some time to do that. It’s nice that you’ve got some time in a regular pregnancy, and it’s nice that you’ve got time in an adoption as well.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Armin Brott, author of The New Father. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.