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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.


Apr
11
comment Classmates choosing soccer tournament over my sons birthday party
Just to clarify, are the boys watching soccer or playing it?
Apr
9
answered Is it fair (or adequate) to ask a 4 yr old to stop crying for some reason?
Apr
4
awarded  Fanatic
Apr
2
comment How often should I defeat my children in games?
Related: parenting.stackexchange.com/q/7393/644
Mar
28
comment My toddler is waking up with crust on the inside of her eyes, should I be concerned?
Some concerns were raised about disagreeing with a doctor. Doctors tend to treat for the most likely scenario, so you should try what they recommend first, but this is good advice if their recommended treatment doesn't help.
Mar
25
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
21
comment What's the most efficient way to dress a toddler?
I guess it depends on the child. It worked for all of mine.
Mar
21
answered How to deal with children succeeding because of their parent's efforts rather than their own?
Mar
21
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
19
answered What's the most efficient way to dress a toddler?
Mar
16
answered Are boys naturally drawn to balls more than girls?
Mar
14
answered If you are using time outs, how do you deal with a toddler asking for them
Mar
14
answered At what age do children notice the absence of a parent?
Mar
14
answered 8 year old son, misbehaving at school. help!
Mar
8
answered How can I talk my son through his competition anxiety?
Mar
3
answered what's typical for birthday parties in the USA?
Feb
28
comment Is it safe for a pregnant woman to be around someone smoking “e-cigarettes”?
Great answer. Here's a recent study that specifically states more research is needed to know either way.
Feb
27
comment When will we know if our child is left- or right-handed?
That comports with my experience, although during ages 3 and 4, my children often would try to use their left hand anyway, and be frustrated because they couldn't figure out why it was so awkward compared to the last time.