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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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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to inculcate concentration for 5 yr old kid?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Four year-old likes ripping things
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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
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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
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answered Do we have a recourse against an anonymous parent making our child's life harder?
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
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reviewed Leave Open What are the effective durations of punishment at various ages?
Jun
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reviewed No Action Needed Is it traumatic for a toddler to be left in their bedroom with the door shut?
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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Nice Answer
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answered How to handle unending questions that the child can answer themselves based on rules?
May
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comment Infant and a lazy eye: Should I be concerned?
See related meta post.
May
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awarded  Enlightened
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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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
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awarded  infant
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answered How to deal with visiting a household with very different parenting techniques
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awarded  discipline