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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.


Jun
27
reviewed Close My almost 5yr old son won't poop in toilet..about to start school
Jun
23
comment How can I make noisy toys quieter?
Using an inline resistor would require a relatively rare resistance value and risk introducing problems like distortion or heat, because amplifiers are designed to drive a certain resistance. It's better to change the gain setting in the amplifier circuit. If you're lucky, sometimes there's a trimpot you can adjust with a screwdriver. Otherwise, posting a picture of the circuit board to electronics or reverse engineering stack exchange chat might get you some help.
Jun
18
reviewed Approve How to inculcate concentration for 5 yr old kid?
Jun
17
reviewed Approve Four year-old likes ripping things
Jun
17
asked Four year-old likes ripping things
Jun
17
comment My son witnessed a friend receiving corporal punishment; how do I prevent this from sending the wrong message?
Yes, I'm referring to some of my former foster children.
Jun
16
answered How do I get my pre-teen to stop asking to watch a TV show/movie?
Jun
16
comment Do we have a recourse against an anonymous parent making our child's life harder?
I'm not saying it's a grudge, just a desire to avoid extra work. Certainly not everyone is that way, but there are enough to notice.
Jun
16
answered Do we have a recourse against an anonymous parent making our child's life harder?
Jun
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
10
reviewed Leave Open What are the effective durations of punishment at various ages?
Jun
10
reviewed No Action Needed Is it traumatic for a toddler to be left in their bedroom with the door shut?
Jun
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
2
answered How to handle unending questions that the child can answer themselves based on rules?
May
30
comment Infant and a lazy eye: Should I be concerned?
See related meta post.
May
30
awarded  Enlightened
May
30
awarded  Nice Answer
May
28
comment What are the downsides of “I don't listen to things said in language X today” response used as a tactic for forcing a second language?
Please take further discussion to Parenting Chat.
May
16
awarded  infant