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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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answered Is 4 years old too young to expect them to try to handle their own social situations during play at home?
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comment Is 4 years old too young to expect them to try to handle their own social situations during play at home?
Just a friendly reminder about our voting policy‌​. We don't want to discourage people from asking questions with a basis others might disagree with. We want this site to be a safe place to receive gentle correction on your misconceptions.
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answered We are beginning the process to foster and adopt a second child, how do we temper our first child's expectations?
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answered How do I convince a stubborn 8 year old that the parents are supposed to be in charge?
Dec
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comment When a child only gets enthused about books above his reading level
He's perfectly happy looking at the pictures. The concern is when those books are available, he is not happy reading anything else. He reads at grade level and is improving, but he gets bored with it very quickly at the smallest difficulty, and I don't want reading to be a negative experience for him. He is homeschooled, so his reading at home isn't merely a supplemental bonus. I'm looking for ways to help him be enthusiastic about reading books at his own level.
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Dec
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comment How can self-consciousness be taught?
With help, kind of. It's hard to tell with him if it really sunk in or not.
Dec
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comment How can self-consciousness be taught?
@balancedmama, sometimes when he makes a comment about being lonely, we explain the connection to him, but he doesn't seem to consider it in the moment. It seems a little harsh to remind him of it beforehand. What would I say? "Remember to act like the other kids or no one will want to be your friend."?
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comment How can self-consciousness be taught?
@Mike, if it were time to time it wouldn't concern me. This is a continuous, pervasive issue for him. Also, he isn't learning from it.
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