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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.


Feb
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answered What kinds of presents for 0-6 year old children?
Feb
6
answered 5 year old cries every time she is told “no”
Feb
5
answered How can I help a child who won't talk to anybody at school? Selective mutism
Jan
30
asked How to inspire more creativity in play?
Jan
29
answered Why do some parents have a favorite (or least favorite) child? How can this be avoided?
Jan
27
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Jan
27
wiki created problem-solving-skills description
Jan
27
answered Should we add Soccer to an already pretty full schedule?
Jan
17
answered As a grandma what can I say if my daughter sits and watches her 4 year old hack at her hair
Jan
15
answered Are there any effects from lying to your children?
Jan
14
answered My pre-schooler is out of control, and I feel like my parents are undermining my relationship and authority with her
Jan
11
answered Should we put siblings in the same kindergarten group?
Jan
9
asked How to teach civil rights to children who don't know about racism?
Jan
9
asked How to break the cycle of lies?
Jan
7
answered Counting out of context words?
Jan
6
answered Is 4 years old too young to expect them to try to handle their own social situations during play at home?
Jan
3
answered We are beginning the process to foster and adopt a second child, how do we temper our first child's expectations?
Jan
2
answered How do I convince a stubborn 8 year old that the parents are supposed to be in charge?
Dec
31
asked When a child only gets enthused about books above his reading level
Dec
23
asked How can self-consciousness be taught?