large family

For Large Families Who are Sheltering at Home and at the End of Their Rope – Foster Parents Article

My kids are having a brief moment to watch a “Phineas and Ferb” episode while chicken nuggets are in the oven, so I’m going to make this brief. This is really hard. I woke up this morning at the time I used to get up to make my 7th grader breakfast. I cherished those quiet, dark mornings of just the two of us before the rest of my six kids got up and dressed for 5th, 4th, 2nd, Kindergarten and…

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Foster to Adopt Stories – Adopting Siblings – Foster Parents Article

Many children in foster care that are waiting for adoption are sibling sets.  By adopting siblings from foster care, Jeremy and his wife, Sarah, ensured that three brothers would not be separated from each other. My wife, Sarah, and I have talked about adoption for the 26 years we have been together — her brother was adopted from South Korea. As a military family with constant moving between military bases, we didn’t think that we would have the stability to…

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A Mom’s Summer Out-of-Office Message | – Foster Parents Article

Hello! Thank you for attempting to contact me via social media/text/phone/making eye-contact/etc. My brain is currently out of the office for the summer. I would love to respond to your request for my attention, but I am unavailable. I am probably helping dress a child who just came out of the bathroom with their racerback swimsuit on backwards. Or I may be making making a meal. . . again. . . all the time. . . every day. . .…

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It’s Okay to Not Have a Big Family | – Foster Parents Article

I have forced myself to read articles about the Hart family. I don’t want to read them, but I think it’s important to stare their story directly in the face and ask the hard questions. How could two women adopt six kids and then kill themselves and their family? What would drive them to that point? What could have been done to prevent it? As someone who works with foster and adoptive families, this feels important. As a mom of…

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The Flow Chart of My Family – Single Mum, Parents Article

I met all the kids, their Dad and their step-mom a super funky vegan restaurant for lunch. It is the kind of place that woman have body hair and my son with dreads is the “norm”. Not the kind of place I expect my family to be the “odd ones out”… As we are siting having lunch I heard people behind us trying to “place” all the children- “Well those blondes are theirs (referring to my ex and I)” “That…

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When you make a promise… – Single Mum, Parents Article

My children are trying to marry me off… Tea (11) “you promised me you were going to get married Tajh (13) “We have a list” And they proceeded to give me the list. On it is a loud, foul mouthed “older” gentleman. My friend, a partner in crime, one of their favorite people. Not someone looking for a wife and 6 kids, someone looking to be free, and drunk. Another friend of a friend made the list. Not someone who…

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