Coronavirus is affecting everyone’s lives. As adoptive parents and foster carers, you may face the added challenge of caring for children who’ve experienced adversity, trauma and uncertainty.
You may remember challenging behaviours when your child first came to live with you. If they’re feeling anxious right now, they may revert to some of these. For instance:
Behaviours are a way of communicating needs and expressing emotions. It’s similar to the ‘flight or fight’ response we all experience in moments of stress.
If you recognise old behaviours, try the responses you used when they first appeared. You may have to change them to make them age appropriate. For instance:
Children are likely to have lots of questions and concerns about coronavirus.
Give your child opportunities to feel calm throughout the day to feel calm. You could try:
For some children, returning to school after being away for so long can feel daunting. Nurturing connections now can help them return to daily life after Covid-19.
It’s important to look after your health as well as your family’s. Try mindfulness or mediation, get active to blow off steam, or just take time for yourself during the day. If it helps, talk to friends and family, and don’t be afraid to ask for professional support if you need it.
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