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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 recently started homeschooling our children, which should be a source of interesting questions.


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answered How to Teach That Following Rules is Not Always Good?
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asked How to help a child not be afraid to struggle with things that are easy for her older brother?
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answered Considering Fostering - How would this effect the child I already have?
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comment What constitutes verbal abuse of one's child?
My answer, which I wrote before the edits, is about recognizing verbal abuse in yourself. It's easy to know your own intent.
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comment The school has assigned reading I feel is inappropriate for my son to read. How do I approach this problem with the school and with my son?
@barrycarter, there isn't a specific book list for common core. You can see here that the literature standards are quite generic and broad. However, there has been some controversy for common core's heavy promotion of non-fiction "informational texts," which many people feel has displaced classroom time for fiction, especially the classics. Common core would have left less time for a popular fiction book, if anything.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on The school has assigned reading I feel is inappropriate for my son to read. How do I approach this problem with the school and with my son?
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answered The school has assigned reading I feel is inappropriate for my son to read. How do I approach this problem with the school and with my son?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on The school has assigned reading I feel is inappropriate for my son to read. How do I approach this problem with the school and with my son?
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answered Should we always ask to have urine tested when we go to urgent care?
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answered What can be done to encourage grandparents to be equitable between siblings?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on 2 weeks old, sleeping, crying, eating
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accepted Teaching a child to “see the forest”
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comment How can I keep my newborn baby warm during nappy change?
Interesting idea! Hospitals all have them here in the United States above baby beds, but it never occurred to me to get one for home.