For my latest giveaway, I asked entrants to submit their ideas and questions for "Foster Fridays" topics. One that immediately stuck out to me was a question that my sister asked.
I know I have tried to explain that there are all different kinds of "families." There are the families that you are born with, and there are families that you choose (kind of like how Mommy and Daddy weren't a family when they were little, but they chose to be a family when they got married.) I've also talked about our biological family members who live far away and who we don't get to see very often. Just because we don't get to see them, doesn't mean they aren't still our "family." I know it's all a difficult concept to grasp for a couple of 1st graders who are trying to make sense of all of this.
So how do you explain foster care to your young children? What (if anything) has helped them understand the relationships they have with their foster siblings/cousins/etc.?
Kylee - You weren't much older than my niece and nephew when your family started fostering. Do you remember your feelings at the time? What helped you the most?
With Monkey going home next week, this is going to be a fresh topic in our family. Any advice you all could give would be appreciated!