This week’s Tuesday Topic comes from Amber, who wrote,
We have just adopted two girls ages 4 and 2 from Ethiopia. We’re struggling with a couple of issues with them. When we have to set boundaries for the older one by telling her no, she gets mad and seems to show no forgiveness. She is mad for several hours. Neither girl can speak English, so it’s not like I can address this issue by having a small discussion with her as I would our biological 3. What would you recommend for this kind of behavior? (The things we are teaching her “no” on are for her own safety…for instance, walking out of the house without letting anyone know where she is, not playing near the street, etc.)
The other question is about the 2 yr old. We are struggling with getting her to sleep. She will fall asleep in our arms without a tear, the minute we lay her down, she wakes up and starts crying. We do not have her in a crib, so if she wants to get out of bed, she does and we start the battle all over again. With our first 3, we would’ve just set them in their crib and let them cry but I’m not sure that this is a good idea for a newly adopted child. Any ideas?
Let’s offer Amber some suggestions from our own experiences. I know many of you are forming answers in your minds right now; take a moment to click on comments and leave your thoughts for Amber.
I’ll post your responses on Friday, September 17th.
Encourage one another,
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