There are many challenges that we face when bringing a new child into our home.  As the grieving process begins, it can look very much like anger, resentment, stubbornness, disobedience and more.
A wise parent will recognize it for what it is;  grief and fear.

There is a world of difference in how simple willfulness is handled verses grief.
That is why it is so important, as adoptive parents, to know and understand the difference!
And if you are unsure…. ERR on the side of MERCY and GRACE!

The child who is grieving and adjusting, must be given a voice.  They must be heard!
How they feel and how they perceive their family life is crucial for understanding how to help them through.

Our children need to know that they have value and that they are precious to us.

If your child has come from a trauma background…. do they KNOW how precious they are to you?  Ask them!  And TELL THEM they are precious!

They need to hear it over and over and over again!

Connect before you correct!    And then, correction must come with healing words of love
and instruction.

Comments warmly welcomed!


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