Adoptive dads, you’re an important piece in the knitting and keeping together of a family. Children see you as a protector, authority figure, and comfortable and safe harbor in which to find peace during chaotic times. Sometimes adoption can make fathers feel like you’re on an island where it’s difficult for others to relate to what you’re experiencing. Thankfully, though, there are online resources out there to let you know you aren’t alone and where you can reference tips to help during seasons of change or other hard times. Blogs, articles, and podcasts are great places to seek tips and advice:
1. No Hands But Ours. This blog is run by adoptive parents who advocate on behalf of vulnerable children. Find posts on a variety of topics from special needs to being an adoptive dad.
2. All Pro Dad. Stop by here to get tips on being an adoptive dad, keeping attention on and finding time to nurture your marriage, and the differences in being a biological and adoptive father.
3. Becoming and Adoptive Dad. This Huffington Post article on becoming an adoptive dad gives you a real-life story to relate to no matter where you are on the adoption journey, whether you’re still waiting or your family became blended with adoption several years ago.
4. Infant Adoption Guide Podcast. Dads of any type usually have one thing in common: minimal discretionary time. No worries, here’s a slew of podcasts on adoption by adoptive dad and blogger, Tim Elder. Listen to his podcasts in the car, while out for a run, or whenever you can make time to carve out for yourself.
Being a dad is one of the most important roles you’ll ever have in your life and the lives of those you guide and love. On days when life is challenging, go to any one of these resources to remind you why you do what you do.