Starting on the foster journey? Welcome. There is no greater honor and responsibility that we as humans have than to love another human being. Many parents experience a new intensity of love and a sense of attachment as they watch a tiny human being enter the world. Fostering is like giving birth, but perhaps more like a surrogate. You carry are responsible for making sure that the child is … [Read more...] about 10 Lessons to Becoming Effective Foster Parents Overview
Bed in place? Check! Dresser in place? Check! A stuffed animal ready for snuggles? Check! Locks in place? Check! Kitchen knives put away? Check! Our house has cleared the last walk through. We have been certified. We are ready! So, we think. My husband and I thought so. But, we learned some hard but important lessons on becoming effective foster parents. Many of us enter fostering excited, … [Read more...] about Lesson 1: Know Thyself – Limitations and Capacity
“How do I raise children who love Jesus wholeheartedly?” As I begin writing this series, I want to state that I am exactly where you are. I am asking the same question as you are. Wouldn't it be great if there was a blueprint for making this happen? I love Jesus (who He is, what He is about, and the life that I am invited to live) and I want my kids to grow up to love Him too. I love my kids … [Read more...] about 7 Principles for Raising Kids Who Love Jesus Wholeheartedly
Have you ever cringed at hearing your kids tone as they talked to each other or to you? I have. I thought, “Where did they learn this behavior?” Then the moment of exasperation came when I realized, “They learned it from me!” I had not sat with them intentionally instructing, “You need to use this tone when you’re frustrated, or when you disapprove of something.” But, they watched, they heard, and … [Read more...] about Principle 1: It Begins with Us. We Will Get What We Are.
Tonight, I returned home feeling quite victorious. Our family had a successful trip to an Indian restaurant. Everyone found something they could eat! This was not the case even just six months ago. I remember the day I was fuming because I was feeling so frustrated and fed up. “I am a prisoner to my kids’ eating habits!” I fumed at my husband. “I am afraid to go out with other families to eat … [Read more...] about From Being a Prisoner to Finding Freedom