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No matter who you are, it can be scary and intimidating to spend the holidays in an unfamiliar environment. The same can be said for your foster child. Even if this isn't his or her first Holiday season with your family, he or she will most likely feel a little out of the loop-perhaps a tad uncomfortable. Your goal for this year should be to not only help your foster child to feel comfortable and welcome, but make sure he or she enjoys this beautiful season.
Inclusion: First, it is important to make sure your foster child is including in all the festivities. If he or she doesn't naturally include themselves, make the extra effort to make him or her feel welcome and at ease.
Enhancing Tradition: Along with creating new traditions with your foster child, let him or her share theirs or suggest new family traditions for you to try. This will be a fun way for you to experience new traditions, and for him or her to feel more at home and familiar this holiday season.
Decorate: Just like the above suggestions, let your foster child help decorate the house and the tree. Also, let him or her decorate his or her own space-whether that is a section on the tree, the living room, or their own bedroom. He or she will be able to use their creativity and enjoy himself or herself.
All in all, let him or her know that you care, and they are a part of your family. The holidays are a great time to bond and get to know each other better. Take advantage of this time and enjoy your family, friends, and all loved ones.
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If you're fostering children in your home over the holidays, consider creating an inexpensive craft item with the child(ren) to give to their parents during their next visit. Sometimes, offering to take part in such an activity will create a new fun family tradition for the child, once he or she has been reunited or for your family, in the holidays to come.
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