Top Five Holiday Survival Tips for Birth Mothers
The holidays can always be a stressful time of year, and this is especially the case for birth mothers. You will almost certainly have an endless amount of family to catch up with, gifts to buy, cards to write, and parties to attend. In order to make things just a bit more manageable, Adoption Choices of Texas has a few suggestions for you.
Holiday Survival Tips for Birth Mothers
Because so many things will be vying for your attention, selecting which activities are the most important to you will help you make the most of your time. If you wish to catch up with your child and perhaps their adoptive family, reach out to them early. Let them know you’d like to do something together for the holidays, and get everyone planning something ahead of time.
- Buy Gifts Early
While presents are by no means mandatory, if you do plan on purchasing a few items, starting early is always a good idea. Waiting until the last minute will not only make things much more stressful, but prices always go up the closer you are to the holidays. By getting a head start, you will also have time to do a bit more research into what your intended recipients really want this year!
- Take Time for Yourself
It can be easy to get swept up in the spirit of giving, but don’t forget to take the time to do something for yourself. Make certain you are connecting with the people you really care about. Consider setting aside a few hours to just relax and enjoy some quality time by yourself, or with a few choice family members.
- Plan What You want to Say to Family Ahead of Time
Your friends and family will almost certainly have questions about your decision, the adoption process, and yourself if you’ve recently become a birth mother. One of the most important holiday survival tips for birth mothers is to take the time to plan out exactly how you want to answer their questions ahead of time, as it can make everything so much easier. If you wish to share, getting everyone you want to talk to together early can be a good idea. Otherwise, come up with a few short sentences, or even say, “I don’t wish to talk about it right now.”
- Connect with Other Birth Mothers
There are many support groups that exist simply to help birth mothers post adoption. We can help connect you with these groups at any time, or you can always reach out to them on your own. The holidays are always a special time for birth mothers, and getting some advice from other birth mothers can be a good idea.
Surviving the Holidays as a Birth Mother
Keep in mind that no matter what you do for the holidays, make sure that it is meaningful to you. You will almost certainly develop your own list of holiday survival tips for birth mothers! While your family and friends are certainly there to support you, they can wait if it means giving you time to breathe. Just remember that you are not alone during this time, and that we are here for you!
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
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