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Awakening East: Moving With Our Adopted Children Back to China
As I prepare to send my kids back to school, I’m mentally making a list of tasks that I need to get done as the new school year approaches. If you’re a parent of a child through adoption, your list likely has additional tasks other than just buying school supplies, books, and clothes for the new school year. Each year my children have to start over again, with a new teacher and new classmates, and this task alone can be difficult, but when you add adoption into the mix it complicates the transition even further. Then if the teacher is not familiar with adoption, it can make things particularly difficult, especially in the beginning. When my child starts school she will likely have to re-answer many of those tough questions with new peers and a new teacher about her birth family or where she was born. I try to be proactive to try to help my child have the best start to the school year.
Here are some back-to-school tasks for adoptive parents:
Unfortunately, not all of these tasks may be completed before the start of school, but they’re important to keep in mind throughout the school year. Many of these tasks are ongoing and may require re-visiting several times. For example, when the child on the playground makes your daughter cry because he tells her that her “real” parents didn’t care about her, or when there’s a fire drill at school and your child was not prepared in advance and takes off running at the sound of the alarm. I try not to be a helicopter parent, but I have to stay involved and keep open communication with those in charge of caring for my child daily. Adoptive parenting requires that we not only educate ourselves but that we also educate others around us, and advocate for our children when needed.
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