Develop a Flexible Sense of Humor
Adoption is a serious step. It isn't without its humorous moments, though. Once your child comes home with you, take a deep breath and laugh out loud -- hooray, you did it! Keep laughing, too. Take every opportunity to show that you're enjoying your child and love having her in your life. Humor and joy are contagious. They can make up for all those little things that are bound to go wrong in an average day of parenting. If your adoptive child knows you're delighted, she'll start trusting you and opening up. Laughter is a great stress buster for the whole family, too.