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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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reviewed Reviewed Making the child finish their food even if they are already full
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comment TV shows for toddlers that don't teach bad gender and race dynamics
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comment Encouraging independence
That's the thing. As far as I can tell, he's not initiating a decision-making process at all. He's going with whatever's right in front of him for no particular reason. When we trigger him to make a conscious decision, he usually makes a good one with little or no input from us.
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answered What are reasonable expectations and reasonable ways to be supportive for an young adult with a sleep disorder?
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comment Encouraging independence
I've asked him before, @DanBeale, but I usually don't ask because he usually doesn't know. It just plain doesn't occur to him.
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