Behavior Bingo

I’ve been able to attend a few workshops on positive behavior interventions.  Studies have shown that teachers and parents alike give far more negative behavior commands than positive ones.  We often do it without even thinking about it.  It’s truly eye opening if you keep a tally going even for one day to mark down how many negative vs positive…

My Story Monday: Fostering to Foster

“My Story Monday” is a weekly segment where foster parents anonymously share their stories, tips, and advice.  It is intended to encourage prospective foster parents and demystify the journey of fostering.  You can view past stories here: My Story Monday.     My Story Monday: Fostering to Foster   I have always wanted to adopt, ever since I was young. …

On the Florida Shootings: A Christian Teacher’s Thoughts

The nation was stunned earlier this week as news was received of yet another school shooting.  17 lives were taken in Parkland, Florida at the hands of a former student, Nikolas Cruz, who, unlike many school shooters, was taken into custody after the event.  The tragedy has fired up debate on gun control and mental health, and with good reason. …

Meeting Cultural Needs of Native American Children in Care

Recently, I was able to connect with two women who were willing to give me tips and suggestions on meeting cultural needs of Native American children in care.  It’s been a topic of personal interest since my husband and I are both Caucasian and have struggled with how to meet cultural needs of children in our care, especially at different…

Should I Buy That Headband From China?

One of the more difficult facets of being a foster parent is the inability to make plans. I’m not much of a planner, but even I range from feeling inconvenienced to downright isolated from the very shortsighted nature of foster care.   My husband and I were talking the other day about how single people always talk about the importance…

The Scoop on Junk Food

We’ve had a few experiences with children being fed excessive amounts of junk food on visits.  We had a one year old who was fed ice cream, french fries, and soda during visits and would occasionally throw up afterwards.  We also picked up an infant from a visit who had a sippy cup of Kool-Aid lodged next to pacifiers and…

Introduction to Bio Parents

Building relationships with biological parents is part of fostering that we don’t always think about or prepare for when we start our journey to become foster parents.  We sign up for this to welcome children into our home, we think hard over our homestudy and parenting philosophy, and we ready our homes, but we usually don’t spend much energy thinking…