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parenting practice.jpgKeeping busy during your adoption wait is the best way to persist.  Fortunately, there’s a lot that you can be doing during your adoption wait, and it’s not busy work.  Right now, you have more time in your life to get things done. Once you bring home your baby, life will be a lot easier if can complete your to-do’s now. 

So in today’s entry of Lifetime’s “Before you Adopt” blog series, we’re sharing about another productive activity you can do during your adoption wait – honing your parenting skills.

Offer to babysit for your close friends who have children. If one of your siblings live nearby, you can babysit for your nieces and nephews. You might also consider volunteering to serve in your church’s nursery. By doing so, you’re getting a little first-time experience and insight into parenting.  You’ll probably become very popular by offering to babysit! And chances are, they’ll be happy to repay the favor later on when you’d like to go on a date night.

Lifetime encourages you to learn all that you can about being parents before bringing your baby home. Parenting can be challenging at times, but it’s an exciting adventure too. You’ll be thankful later on for the experience you’ve gained through babysitting, as babies don’t come with instruction manuals.  

Becoming a parent through the blessing of infant adoption will definitely be a rewarding experience. Even though the job of parenting is demanding, it really expands your capacity for love in ways you never thought of before. This is why many parents (adoptive or biological) can hardly recall a time when their child wasn’t in their family.  

As Lifetime adoptive mom Stephanie puts it, “Once we brought our baby boy home, our adoption wait and all the paperwork it took to adopt him has faded into distant memory. Our dreams came true, with one phone call, and so will yours. God’s timing is always perfect!”

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
Written by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).

Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.

“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!

Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.

I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.

It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”

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