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Foster carers will heed concerns about the educational divide – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will doubtless heed the concerns of the children’s commissioner that the government is in its rush to get business back on its feet overlooking the effects of lockdown on schools.  Fostering children is challenging: in recent months, being a foster carer has probably been more challenging than ever before. Carers, like all parents, depend upon schools to provide daily structure and routine for children. The importance of this cannot be overstated for the many foster children whose lives…

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Adoption Trauma and Problems with Adoption – Parents Article

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how we talk about adoption, and awareness of adoption trauma, in particular. Adoption is often spoken about as though it’s a fairy tale happy ending. A tragic infant is rescued from terrible circumstances, by a kind-hearted childless couple, who love the child as if it’s their own. This narrative isn’t helpful; nor is it particularly accurate. Adoption is a complex business. Not every family is the right match for every child. One in ten adoptions…

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Jump Jump Jump Rope – Home Gym Time – Single Dad, Parents Article

By: Coach, on June 10, 2020 Remember jumping rope outside when you were a kid? Did you know it is a piece of fitness equipment? In fact, it is considered one of the original, most effective, fat-burning routines! Boxers use rope jumping for conditioning cardio. We can pick up that jump rope for some high-intensity interval training now. Work Your Whole Body Jumping rope works up your heart rate. You use each muscle in your legs jumping, your core is…

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Life… – Foster Parents Article

I am sitting at my dining room table, and I pause with my fingers on the keyboard. How do I write even a fraction of what is on my heart and my mind? I want to please everyone. I want… This is only a snippet of a Foster Parents Article written by sdevalve@cedarville.edu Read Full Parenting Article

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How to Celebrate Your Twins’ First Birthday – Parenting Twins Article

When you reach your twins’ first birthday, you deserve a little celebration. After all, both you and your twins have survived the first year. Congratulations. You may be tempted to have a big birthday bash with dozens of friends, expensive gifts, decorations, and entertainment. My advice: keep it simple. You’ve worked hard over the first year to keep your twins alive and cope with the insanity that two babies can bring into your home. Don’t add to your stress by…

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“I’m Going To Be Brave Today!” – Single Mum, Parents Article

  Sometimes I truly think that I am the bravest person I know. I don’t say that as a boast in a Hip Hip Hooray! Go Get Em Tiger way either! I mean in a way that can sometimes feel quite lonely. Being the bravest person in the room can be an isolating feeling more often than not. As single mothers, we have to keep up the front in an effort to protect our children from feeling fear that we…

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“Bleeding Love” Musical Podcast, Review by Andrea Santo Felcone | MotherhoodLater.com – Parents Article

“Bleeding Love” Musical Podcast, Review by Andrea Santo FelconeI miss going to live theater, and what makes it harder still is not knowing when it will be possible to sit in a theater again (or when I will feel comfortable doing so). But, thankfully, theater folk are creative, problem-solving types, and they have found ways around our current situation, to the benefit of theater-lovers everywhere. The show must go on— right? I had the recent pleasure of spending time hunkered…

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How do you know if you need counseling? (where to go) – Single Mum, Parents Article

When I moved from Phoenix, Ariz., to New York City 18 years ago, one of the things that struck me — a native small-town Midwesterner — was that everyone in New York spoke openly and freely about what their counselor said.This stunned me. Where I’m from, people certainly use mental health counseling, but when I was growing up in the 80s and 90s it was one on the down-low. Even in the early 2000s you hoped your neighbors never saw your…

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How Can I Help My Child Process The Hard Parts Of Their Story? – Foster Parents Article

At some point or another, children with a trauma history will begin to recount, remember, or talk about the hards parts of their story. How do we help them process through this? Here are some steps… On an unseasonably warm night in February last year, we sat on our front porch with our children gathered around. Our objective was to assemble a new wagon we had just bought for our new farm (yes, we bought a farm!). The excitement was…

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