This goodness—the idea that God is incapable of anything that is not inherently good—should be a life vest wrapped around my every word, thought, and deed. Yet, the idea, “this isn’t right” feels like an undercurrent always capable of pulling me into the depths of despair.
Stop, Listen, and Learn
It has been hugely humbling and stretching to parent precious Black lives amidst recent BLM events. When we first took classes to become foster parents almost 12 years ago, the trainer asked all participants to consider how our families would respond to us parenting kids that looked different than we did. My initial response was […]
What’s this Season’s Theme Song?
You know those icebreakers people like to do at the start of meetings? They seem even more prevalent now, with virtual meetings. I’ve been asked more than a few times to name my current theme song. Popular responses I’ve heard include R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” and Gloria Gaynor’s […]
The Healing Power of Creativity
If there was ever a time when we needed to be creative, it’s now. The healing power of creativity is well recognized, particularly among mental health professionals. And yet, if there was ever a time for our creativity to be stifled, it’s now. It is well documented that trauma can stifle our creative energies. Thus, […]
16+ Games Playable Over Video Calls
Given the shelter-in-place orders for most of us, we have to get creative in order to stay connected with those outside our home. As a foster family, this is especially important to help the kids currently in our care stay engaged with their parents and siblings. Here are a few ways we’ve found for them […]
Keeping Kids Active & Learning While Parents Work-From-Home
On Friday we found out they are closing school for several weeks, to try and flatten the curve of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While the kids may be jumping for joy, working parents are scrambling to figure out how to keep the kids active and learning while also working-from-home to pay the bills. The two […]
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