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The Simple Moments

Reflecting on my own experience with my children one thing has opened my eyes this new year. I can plan all the activities and projects with my kids, but sometime the simple moments overshadow the big moments I attempt to instill.

The moments that stand out to me are when I am laying with my daughter at night, our eyes facing each other, and she sweetly tells me about her day and kisses me on the cheek. The moments when my son amazes me by spelling words and doing math that he couldn’t do the other day, but somehow it clicked for him! The moments where I see my children laughing and cuddling each other when they think no one is watching.

These are the moments that I will forever cherish. My hope is that every child has an adult in their life that can show unconditional love and full engagement during these subtle moments that are so grand.

Goal for 2022: Be more present, take notice of those small moments, and encourage with a positive outlook for my children’s sake daily. I hope the same to all of you.

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Belonging, Identity, Purpose, and Teens in Foster Care

If these questions are at the core of every teen’s heart in general, they are really at the core of every foster teen’s heart.

Belonging, Identity, Purpose, and Teens in Foster Care
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Entertaining The Kids Without Screen Time

There is something excellent about having screen time for the kids. We’re living in digital times and that means that without screen time, your kids …

Entertaining The Kids Without Screen Time
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‘They just want someone to love them’: Foster care need grows ahead of holiday season

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – There is a big push to get our children experiencing foster care into a happy and safe home in Ohio, especially as we head …

‘They just want someone to love them’: Foster care need grows ahead of holiday season
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As remote learning continues, parents urged to be proactive on mental wellness

According to a health advisory published in early December by the U.S. Surgeon General, since the pandemic began, more young people are experiencing …

As remote learning continues, parents urged to be proactive on mental wellness
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Happy Holidays

What are some traditions that make your heart feel full? Thinking about the holidays should be a thought of love, peace, and warmth. Some people have not had the traditional feels of the holiday season. What can you do to bring yourself warmth and light so that you can let in the love and harmony?

Begin by thinking about those that are part of your inner circle. Who do you want to share your love with? If there are children in your life how do we help them feel the reasons behind the season? Traditions new and old can help us feel connected to our families history and future. 

What can you do? Find your inner peace through meditation, Yoga, cooking, reading, really anything that can provide your inner self with positive self-care.

Nourish yourself with the love of your family. Begin a family game night. Attempt to engage in a family mystery. Make gifts for one another no matter which holiday you are celebrating. This will instill the importance of spending time and energy focusing on one person at a time. 

Allow yourself to let go of any guilt from the past. Use positive affirmations and love for self to promote positive thinking and love for self. 

I hope this holiday season more than anything brings love to you and your families.

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Parenting a Child who has Experienced Trauma

Trauma can be hidden in so many different ways. When a person experiences trauma we can become more reactive, startle easier, feel as though our trauma is replaying, and avoid places or people that remind us of the trauma that we have experienced. A child that experiences trauma can look many different ways. If you have a child that has experienced trauma, read this article to identify why these behaviors could be occurring. Knowing the why can help you understand the need to find help and answers. This can provide the wraparound care that could greatly benefit your child and ensure a lasting relationship with you through trust and support. Please remember trauma does not just magically go away even if we ignore and avoid processing it. 

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Safy for Foster Care

I too sat down, laying the spear between us, and tried to explain how I came to Ever think about what it would be like to provide a lasting positive effect on a child that is in need of temporary or long-term support? There are many agencies out there to provide you with resources to foster children in need. Classes are provided and agencies can help facilitate a way for you to make this dream a reality. Check out  Safy if this is where your next journey is leading you:https://www.safy.org/become-a-foster-parent/?keyword=foster%20care&matchtype=e&network=g&device=m&gclid=Cj0KCQjwt-6LBhDlARIsAIPRQcKxLWJfw4ht0p4ZtAJdRg2rCbDiSF3lN8TgwEYH1JTdu9J6_klIApoaAmtWEALw_wcB