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We had many hours of training to be foster parents for a year, and were reimbursed our expenses by the county, so I jokingly say we were professional parents. We have witnessed the effects of very bad parenting first hand, and learned many different ways to reverse those effects, often with professional guidance.

We've parented a wide gamut of children. Some of our foster children were of a different ethnicity than us. Our oldest daughter has cerebral palsy, we adopted our son, and our youngest was a surprise baby after thinking we couldn't have children without fertility treatments.

After she was born our plate was too full to continue fostering, but we are grateful for the experience, and I hope to be able to pass on some of what we have learned on this site. In a few years when we have teens I expect you all to return the favor.

We also began homeschooling our children after having multiple problems at public school. My son went from behind in reading to 2 or 3 grade levels ahead.


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comment Building self-esteem while encouraging a tidy, acceptable appearance
I think you've gotten her off to a great start.
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answered Building self-esteem while encouraging a tidy, acceptable appearance
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answered At what age should my child start schooling (formal education)?
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comment what to do when the father makes poor personal choices (not necessarily a bad father)
This is really a broader problem than can be adequately addressed in an internet question and answer site. Please consider seeking help with an organization for families of alcoholics, like Al-Anon.
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reviewed Leave Closed My sister thinks her kid can “swim”, but he can't breathe in the water. This is DEFCON-1 danger, right?
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comment Son (22) has to keep initiating contact between son and parents after moving out
Do you mean diseased or deceased?
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answered Son (22) has to keep initiating contact between son and parents after moving out
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answered Healthy 10 month old baby bouncing himself while standing - will this injure his hips?
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comment Sympathetic Adults
I added an example, although I really want it to be generic. I included the information about my family in case other people might think it was a relevant factor.
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revised Sympathetic Adults
add an example
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answered How to teach a child to swallow pills?
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answered Can giving a book that is too advanced for the child put the child off?
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revised Can giving a book that is too advanced for the child put the child off?
link to book
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answered How can I address toddler's fear of water over her face?
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revised Attention issue or low self-esteem
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answered how to help my 4 yr old son to recognize alphabet and numbers?