When you first become a foster parent and become involved in the foster care industry, there are a number of acronyms you need to know to keep from getting confused by the alphabet soup. If you are part of my private Facebook group for foster […]

The Alphabet Soup of Foster Care Acronyms

As a busy mom, dinner is the most stressful time of my day. What’s helped is discovering slow cooker freezer meal planning to take the guesswork out of dinner. By dinner time, all the kids are wound up, parents are tired, and then there’s getting kids […]

How Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Makes Our Dinner Less Chaotic

What people don’t tell you about adoption is the trauma that a child experiences can take hold of a family and cast doubts on the dreams of a happily ever after. I recently read the memoir of adult adoptee Jillian Lauren, Everything You Ever Wanted, […]

Is Adoption Really Everything You’ve Ever Wanted?

Emergency foster care placement is what we were labeled. Most parents have months to prepare for their child arriving into the world. We only had 4 days! Less than 1 week of scrambling for clothes, toys, lawyers, and paperwork. So. Much. Paperwork! We joke that […]

When Foster Parenting is More Than You Bargained For

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NewBeneful #CollectiveBias We are so excited to share the news that we are adopting again!!! Our 9-year-old son, JD, has been bugging us to get him a dog […]

We Are Adopting Again!!!

WHY HOMESCHOOL YOUR ADOPTED CHILD? School can be overwhelmingly stressful for a young child – but add to that a history of trauma, a new language, separation from parents, peer pressure, developmental or social delays – and an adopted child can struggle with big emotions, […]

6 Smart Reasons to Homeschool Your Adopted Child

Have you thought about what will happen to your children after adoption if you were to die unexpectedly? This summer, my husband and I were forced to seriously think about plans for our young boys after we are gone. In May, after a long while […]

What Happens to Your Kids If Something Happens to You?

If you bring traumatized children into your home, the traumatic events that they suffered through can take its toll on you, the caregiver, even to the point that you can begin to suffer from secondary traumatic stress (STS).  Read more on STS and stress management […]

How Secondary Trauma Affects Your Other Children

As a foster parent, I’ve had children of various ages and needs in my home; however, I was not prepared when an older child of 8-years-old wet the bed at night. After I got over my shock and researched about bedwetting, I was surprised to […]

10 Tips for Bedwetting in Older Children