Foundations – Foster Parents Article

At four and a half, Birdy is quite the character. Her nursery teachers describe her as “a natural leader” and say that she “knows her own mind.” As I am familiar with teacher-speak, I know that these terms are euphemistic. A lot of our conversations at home are characterised by intense amounts of stubbornness and a lot of “No!” and “I don’t want to!” More than I would like, I correct her, re-direct her, and cross swords with her. Sometimes…

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5 Life skills; prologue. – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

I’d like to give you a short preview of my 5 week series on the life skills I’m trying to impart into my cubs. I’ve thought long and hard about this one and reflected on their upbringing so far. Eldest cub, for the most part was raised in a semi-stable home and relationship, although the signs that her mother and I weren’t going to make it were already there. Her formative years were moulded by the dual influences of both…

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We Can’t Let Them Get Away With It – Foster Parents Article

Whenever there’s a discussion about ‘inclusion’ or ‘reasonable adjustments’ in education, a cry of “It’s not fair!” will surely follow, like an echo of the playground refrains of our childhoods.  “We can’t let them get away with it!”  If we make exceptions for one child, the argument goes, then the other children will think the rules don’t matter. It will be a free-for-all. Anarchy will surely ensue.  Every single time I hear or read those sentiments, I think of Daniel…

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