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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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comment Caring for the Children of Deceased Parents
I agree that's the ideal situation, @anongoodnurse. However, I would split my kids up among family in a heartbeat if it avoided splitting them up among foster homes.
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answered Caring for the Children of Deceased Parents
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comment Is one entitled to give parenting advice when they've never had kids?
You make a good point, +1. Even if non-parents can't solve a problem, they can often bring a valuable perspective. Thanks for the answer and welcome to Parenting.SE!
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answered Is one entitled to give parenting advice when they've never had kids?
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answered Is it wrong for a parent to partake in screaming/dominating competitions with their kids?
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answered How to encourage a child to self-edit and take criticism positively?
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answered Daughter is reluctant to participate in proposed family meeting. What kinds of objections do you anticipate she has?
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answered Disadvantages of having 2 children (1 year apart) in same school class
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answered Need suggestions on how to deal with my 5 yr olds defiance and aggressiveness