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Myths About Adopting Teenagers in Foster Care

Creating a supportive environment for children can help them handle the stresses of  growing up and provide tools for maintaining mental health. The benefits of a loving and supportive family are clearly established. Yet, misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding the adoption of older children and teenagers in foster care mean that they often face more challenges during the adoption process, compared to younger children. Ensuring that these false impressions are addressed is essential to ensuring that barriers ...

Tips for Easing Child Anxiety

Creating a supportive environment for children can help them handle the stresses of  growing up and provide tools for maintaining mental health. Is your child withdrawn and glum on most days? Have you noticed a drastic fall in their grades? Have they lost interest in activities that they loved in the past? Do they get increasingly cranky and aggressive? Are the mood swings hampering their everyday routine? There is a chance that your child is suffering ...

Taking Your First Family Trip with Your Foster Child

Planning a family trip with a foster child requires planning, but can be a great bonding and trust building opportunity. If a foster child has just joined your family, you may be excited about taking your very first family vacation together. As found by researchers at Penn State, all children – including teens – benefit from spending time with their parents; doing so has “important implications for adolescents’ psychological and social adjustment.” Because daily life is ...

Adjusting to Having a Child with Food Allergies in Your Home

Understanding the causes, signs, and emergency recommendations for children with food allergies can help caregivers provide a safe environment. For those who have kids with food allergies, food is a risky experience. Their immune system labels a particular substance as dangerous and releases inordinate amounts of histamine. It can put children in danger, so they have to be careful with everything they serve on the table or keep in their home. It’s not just about avoiding ...

The Importance of Sibling Relationships in Foster Care

Keeping siblings in care together is not always possible, but studies show the importance of maintaining these relationships. Adapting to life in foster care is not easy for children. They have to adjust to the new environments, caretakers and schedules. They face limited contact with their biological families and may need to work to keep their sibling connection intact. Fear of losing siblings can lead to feelings of insecurity, depression, loneliness and anxiety. They may not ...

Keeping A Family Journal

Journaling as a family can be a therapuetic bonding experience and create a record of memories. A journal captures the memories that could easily escape your mind. These memories are usually raw and can be passed down for generations through the family tree. The benefits of keeping a journal cannot be overemphasized, but they get more pronounced when it becomes a family project.Each member of the family has a unique perspective on life. A similar event ...

Three Parenting Pitfalls That Can Impact Mental Health

Creating an open, healthy relationship between children and caregivers is vital, and there are some things that may get in the way of well intentioned parents.No parent can claim to have cracked the code on how to raise children. We are all trying to do what is best for our young ones. Yet, mental and behavioral health challenges are at an all time high in America. Understanding a few of the pitfalls parents may fall ...

5 Safety Considerations for Parents on Halloween

Ensure the physical and mental well-being of  your children on Halloween by keeping these things in mind.Erntedankfest - not HalloweenAll Hallow's Eve has become a tradition for many American families, where children have the chance to express creativity and imagination through costumes, as well as enjoy the process of collecting free candy. While it may seem like a light-hearted evening of sweets for the young ones, parents need to have a broader view of the ...

Debunking Adoption Myths

Society's portrayal of adoption often does not match the reality. Adoption is a lifelong process that creates families with unique stories. Yet, there is a lot of misinformation about this process and the impact it has on those involved. Here are three myths about adoption often harbored both by adoptive parents and the people around them.Adoptees are LuckyAdoption stories are often written by the adoptive parents and they are focused on the process of finding ...

Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits in Children

Working toward positive eating habits as a family can set children up for a healthier future.Children between the ages of 2 and 18 years should consume less than six teaspoons of added sugar per day, according to the American Heart Association. That’s about 25 grams. Yet children in the US consume roughly 16% of their daily caloric intake from added sugars alone, while missing out on the vitamin-packed foods they need in order to support their growing ...