There are many circumstances where parents are pushed to adopt a child. You may have no capability to have one due to health issues. There may be a problem with your genes that makes having a biological child impossible. In short, adopting a child is definitely possible.
But in reality, there’s nothing impossible. Even if you’re diagnosed to have no ability to give birth, sometimes there’s an off chance of going against the odds.
You adopt a child thinking you can’t have biological kids but promptly had one. So, what will you do now with an adopted and biological child?
As you may guess, there will be a lot of conflicts between them. That’s why you should know about parenting and caretaking tips with mixed family structures.
How to Prepare Your Kids
Whether you’re having a biological child after adopting one, or adopting a child while having biological kids, you have to prepare your existing kids beforehand.
If your existing kids came from the mother directly, it’s important to assert your love to the adopted child. You should act like they’re invaluable and can never be replaced so they won’t ever think of abusing their adopted siblings like it’s okay.
In the case of having adopted kids first, it’s important to help them know that you understand what it feels to not come from your tummy. They aren’t the type to envy your coming children, but they’ll often grieve the fact that they aren’t your children biologically.
It would also help if you involve them in things such as designing a baby room, and more. That way, they’ll appreciate the effort they put in helping and they’ll definitely want to talk to the arriving children about it.
What’s different with this family structure?
In terms of the interaction between children, there’s really nothing different. There’s also no abuse of some sorts, both physically or verbally.
However, what you need to watch out for as parents are treating one of them different than the other.
Knowing that they’ll feel that being a biological or adopted child has to do something about it. This can then lead to bullying and more forms of abuse, mainly between the siblings.
Do you need help?
There’s no need to worry about a bit of teasing and such, but if there’s a noticeable behavior problem with one of them, it calls for a solution.
You can solve such problems by going for consulting services or other agencies like ours.
By taking care of the conflict between your children, you’re eliminating the possibility of them abusing each other, physically but mainly, verbally.
Don’t expect that there will NEVER be a conflict between your children even with these tips. But remember that even little progress means everything when it comes to your family. Persevere and maybe you’ll be able to reach a conclusion where your children can get along with each other even with their differences.
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