I have a few magic words that will make your kids behave! Who's interested? Okay, so, they aren't really magic, but they have been helpful for our family. Read more below.
Foster kids have not been able to control very many decisions in their life. They have been told where they can live and where they can’t. They have had many adults, probably mostly strangers, telling them what comes next. They don’t have a choice. It’s not up to them. One thing that you can do for your foster or adopted child, is offer them choices. Let them feel like they get to make some decisions. Grapes or applesauce. Red shirt or blue shirt. This helps them feel like they have a little bit of control in their life. Plus, you’re less likely to have an unnecessary battle if they get to help with the decision.
They say parenting is the hardest job you'll ever have. I would have to say that parenting foster/adopted kids is the hardest job that I've ever had. Thankfully, we knew that it was going to be difficult before we got started and we jumped in anyway! I’m going to start posting parenting tips from time to time that have helped us as we go through this crazy adventure. Hopefully, you’ll find something that works for your family, too.