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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.


Mar
22
awarded  Civic Duty
Mar
22
accepted How can parents improve a child's behavior outside their presence?
Mar
21
answered 3 year old tantrums in public
Mar
20
comment How can parents improve a child's behavior outside their presence?
Five and eight. The eight year-old has cerebral palsy, and is approximately mentally equivalent to a three year-old.
Mar
20
asked How can parents improve a child's behavior outside their presence?
Mar
20
answered 5 year old always yells when excited, and isn't learning when to use quieter voices
Mar
18
answered Is it harmful to let a 4 month old baby eat an Easter peep?
Mar
14
comment Does daycare mentally damage children under three?
Interesting question, but I'd like to take objection to the wording. I've foster parented truly "damaged" and "permanently harmed" children. Putting kids in daycare in the same category just feels wrong.
Mar
14
comment Can the council demand that a 16yo shares a bedroom with a 1yo?
Council as in city council. Council housing is public housing, funded or at least subsidized by taxpayers.
Mar
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on We're looking to get pregnant - what can we do to optimize our chances?
Mar
11
answered What kind of obedience is to be expected from a 2-year old?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed Why do kisses stop a child from hurting?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed Is Television appropriate for meal times?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed Should you let a toddler win?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed How to deal with my son who always wants to have lights on when we go to bed?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed What are the risks of surgery for a tongue-tied toddler?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed How do I handle my toddler's temper tantrums?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed How can we improve a trilingual toddler's basic language development?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed Why does skin dryness occur in newborns and infants and how can I help with or prevent it?
Mar
11
reviewed Reviewed Please help: my 3 year old won't stay in her bed!