Fear of the New


Our Foster son (8 years old) who we will be adopting in the next 6 months (working on paperwork and all the legal stuff that goes with it) has a very low self esteem and melts down and has a full on tantrum, kicking, crying, angry... anytime we try to get him to do something new (eating a new food, trying a new sport with the family, having to present a small project in front of out homeschool co-op, a change in chores or any change really, or even something as small as asking him to participate in a silly family game). We give consequences for destructive behavior, but I'm wondering if you have any ideas or ways to help him get over his fear of trying new things. He has been in our home for 18 months.

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