You Are Not Alone!

One of the most important parts of being a Foster Parent, is learning to make time to take care of yourself!

To find (or make) the time to relax and realize that many of the feelings you have as Foster Parents are normal under the circumstances.  You need to acknowledge these feelings, not deny them and keep them buried where they fester and make you lash out at your child and those around you. 

You should always keep in mind that your Foster Child is a ‘hurting’ child, and that he/she will vent their anger and frustration at you.  Identify that their actions are not aimed to be hurtful to you, but are a reflection of the terrible things done to them by others.  So learn how to effectively parent your child and learn how to deal with your feelings – by talking to others who live the same life or to a professional therapist. You are not alone!.

Keeping these feelings inside only makes the situation worse and you cannot effectively parent your child if you are not taking care of yourself.  


About Helouise Steenkamp

I'm a 45 plus, Devoted Wife and Mother. Adonai has blessed us with two Amazingly Wonderful Sons. We have had the privilege of being Place of Safety parents for 1 1/2 years and there after foster parents to a Darling Princess for 5 years. She was reconciled with her biological parents in Dec'14. Our hearts are still aching from the loss, but we know that as we trust Adonai with our salvation, so we can trust Him with her future. We welcomed our new 4 year old foster child on 05JUN'15.
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